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Alexander Buchanan (b. 1793)

San Salvador, 1812

DEDICATED BY PERMISSION TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY. / Plate 4.th The JAVA in a Sinking state, set fire to, & Blowing up. The CONSTITUTION at a distance ahead, Laying to, / unbending Sails... published 1 Jan 1814

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 39.9 x 45.1 cm (image) | RCIN 735179.d

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  • Josiah Boydell (18 January 1752-27 March 1817) (publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] Jan,y 1, 1814, Publish'd by Mess,rs Boydell & C.o Cheapside, and Colnaghi & C,o Cockspur Street, London.

    Alexander Buchanan (b. 1793) (artist)

    Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821) (draughtsman and etcher) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Drawn & Etch'd by N, Pocock, from a Sketch by Lieut. Buchanan.

    Robert Havell (1769-1832) (engraver)

    Daniel Havell (d. 1826) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Engraved by R, & D, Havell.

    Colnaghi & Co. (c.1785-1911)  (publisher)

    Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: brown discolouration

  • 35.4 x 45.1 cm (neatline)

    39.9 x 45.1 cm (image)

    43.6 x 52.2 cm (platemark)

    46.1 x 54.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    DEDICATED BY PERMISSION TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY. / Plate 4.th The JAVA in a Sinking state, set fire to, & Blowing up. The CONSTITUTION at a distance ahead, Laying to, / unbending Sails, repairing her Rigging &c. on the Evening of 29,,th Dec,,r 1812. [bottom, below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, faintly engraved:] Proof [bottom left, between 'Proof' and title, a note of the number of guns and men and weight of metal of the English Force.] [Bottom right, right of title, a note of the number of guns and men and weight of metal of the American Force.]

    Annotations:

    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] XV-179-d. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, in Evelyn Heaton-Smith's hand]: 228.a; [centre, black pencil:] 44; [centre and top right, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 44.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Four Views of the Action between H.M. Frigate Java, Captain Lambert, and the American Frigate, Constitution, on the 29.th of Dec.r 1812: by Pocock and Havell from a sketch by Lieut. Buchannan, published by Boydell, 1814.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (12°58'16"S 38°30'39"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    US Department of the Navy - Naval History and Heritage Command: Selected naval documents: USS Constitution, 'Journal of Commodore William Bainbridge': American National Archives, Record Group 45, Captain's Letters, 1813, Vol.1, No.8 1/2 and British TNA Admiralty 1/5435.

    W. James, The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Declaration of War by France in 1793, to the Accession of George IV. A new edition, with additions and notes, 6 vols, London, 1837, VI, pp.126-33.

    J.K. Laughton, 'Chads, Sir Henry Ducie (1788–1868)', Dictionary of National Biography, 2004; online edition 2008.

    J.K. Laughton, 'Lambert, Henry (d. 1813)', Dictionary of National Biography, 2004.

    H. Parker, Naval battles from the collection of prints formed and owned by Commander Sir Charles Leopold Cust,  With an introduction by C.N. Robinson, London, 1911, no.228.a

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