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William Rayner (d. 1761)

Battle of Porto Bello, 1739

ENGLAND'S GLORY 1740 or later

Engraving and etching; printed on paper | 37.0 x 46.9 cm (image) | RCIN 728027

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A low perspective view of the invasion of Vernon's troops and the taking of Porto Bello, 21 November 1739. War with Spain (Jenkins's Ear) (1739-48); part of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south-east to top.

The Battle of Porto Bello, fought on 20-21 November 1739 between the British Fleet, commanded by Vice-Admiral Edward Vernon (1684-1757), and the Spanish garrison, under the command of Francisco Javier de la Vega, resulted in the British capturing the town. The title gives the date of the battle as the 22nd of November; however, the engagement was begun on the 20th and the town was taken on the 21st. The victory was popular with the British public, the Portobello Road in London being named after it, and George Washington's estate, Mount Vernon, in Virginia being named in honour of the Admiral.

  • William Rayner (d.25 October 1761) (publisher)

    Danvers: the Old Bayli (C.Danvers (active 1740)) (print seller) [bottom centre, below text:] Printed for Will.me Rayner and Sold at C. Danvers in the Old Bayli. Done Accord.n to Act of Parliament.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys

    Condition: one fold line; creased; slight tear in top right edge

  • 37.0 x 46.9 cm (image)

    37.1 x 47.1 cm (platemark)

    33.2 x 45.8 cm (neatline)

    37.7 x 48.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    ENGLAND'S GLORY [top centre, outside border]

    Printed title:

    The Harbour Town & Forts of PORTO BELLO Taken by EDWARD VERNON Esqr. Vice Admiral of ye Blue. on ye 22.d of Nov.m 1739. With Six Men of War only). [bottom, outside border]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below title, a key A-I, K-R.] 

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Porto Belo 22 Nov.r 1739.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] /o; [bottom left, black pencil:] 39.d.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Porto Belo View of the Harbour, Town and Forts of Porto Bello taken by Admiral Vernon on the 22.d of Nov.r 1739: published by Rayner.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Portobelo, Colón, Panama (09°33'00"N 79°39'00"W)

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