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Richard Paton (1717-91)

Cape of Good Hope, 1757

To the Honourable the COURT of DIRECTORS of the United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the EAST INDIES. / This Representation of the Engagement, between their Ships Suffolk Houghton and Godolphin and Two French... published 1758

Engraving and etching; printed on paper | 32.5 x 49.6 cm (neatline) | RCIN 732006

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A view of the SuffolkHoughton, and Godolphin in action with two French ships of war off the Cape of Good Hope on 9 March 1757. Seven Years War (1756-63).

This engagement between the Hon. East India Company's ships SuffolkHoughton and Godolphin resulted in the two French ships, Illustre and Balcine, being beaten off.

An example of this print was sold at auction by Stephan Welz & Co (Johannesburg, SA) in 2000 in which the transcription of the title included the words 'Off The Cape Of Good Hope' which are absent from the title of RCIN 732006.

Condition: no fold lines; slight foxing to both sides.

  • Richard Paton (1717-91) (artist and publisher) [bottom left, outside neatline:] Design’d & Painted by R Paton.

    Pierre Charles Canot (1710-77) (engraver) [bottom right, outside neatline:] Engrav’d by P.C. Canot.

    Robert Willock (active 1732-1770s) (publisher) [below title/dedication:] London 15.th April 1758, Published According to Act of Parliament, To be had of R. Paton in Wardour Street, Soho, & R. Willock in Cornhill.

    Court of Directors of the East India Company : London (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: Indistinct: dovecote?

     

  • 32.5 x 49.6 cm (neatline)

    35.9 x 49.6 cm (image)

    37.3 x 53.0 cm (platemark)

    41.1 x 57.3 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To the Honourable the COURT of DIRECTORS of the United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the EAST INDIES. / This Representation of the Engagement, between their Ships Suffolk Houghton and Godolphin and Two French Ships of War; on the 9.th day of March 1757. / Is Inscrib’d by their Most Obedient, Humble Servant, Rob.t Willock. [bottom, in margin]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Naval Engagement 9 March 1757.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 58.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Representation of the Engagement between the East India Company’s Ships Suffolk, Houghton and Godolphin, and two French Ships of War on the 9.th of March 1757: by R. Paton, engraved by Canot and published by Willock, 1758.

  • 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)

    Cape of Good Hope, Western Cape, South Africa (34°21'30"S 07°00'00"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    H. Parker, Naval battles from the collection of prints formed and owned by Commander Sir Charles Leopold Cust, 2 vols, London 1911, no.58.a

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