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Richard Paton (1717-91)

Gaudeloupe, 1758

To Captain Tyrrell Commander of His Majesty’s Ship BUCKINGHAM 66 Guns. 472 MEN. / This Representation of his Attacking and defeating the Florisant the L’Egrette and L’Atalante, Three French Ships of War, convoying Dutch... 1760

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 39.5 x 57.5 cm (image) | RCIN 732083

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A view of HMS Buckingham attacking the French ships FlorisantL'Egrette and L'Atalante, 3 November 1758. Seven Years War (1756-63).

  • Richard Paton (1717-91) (artist and publisher) [bottom left, below view:] Rich.d Paton Pinx.t

    Robert Willock (fl. 1731-1770s) (publisher) [bottom left of title:] London Pub.d according to Act of Parliam.t Jan.y 25. 1760. to be had of R. Paton in Wardour Street Soho and R. Willock in Cornhill.

    Pierre Charles Canot (1710-77) (engraver) [bottom right, below view:] P.C. Canot Sculp.

  • Watermark: Indistinct: double-headed eagle

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 36.1 x 57.5 cm (neatline)

    39.5 x 57.5 cm (image)

    40.2 x 60.3 cm (platemark)

    41.6 x 61.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To Captain Tyrrell Commander of His Majesty’s Ship BUCKINGHAM 66 Guns. 472 MEN. / This Representation of his Attacking and defeating the Florisant the L’Egrette and L’Atalante, Three French Ships of War, convoying Dutch Vessells / with Provisions from the Island S.t Eustatia to Martinico &ca on the 3:a of Novem:r 1758. Is humbly Inscribed by his most Obedient Servant / Richd Paton. [below view]

    Additional text:

    [left of title:] NB the Buckingham was so / disabled in her Mast Rigging &ca as to be / incapable of taking possession of the Florisant, / after she struck and under cover of the / Night the Enemy made their Escape. [Right of title, a recapitulation of the strength of the enemy:] The Enemy’s FORCE [bottom, right of imprint:] Magnum Voluisse Sat est.

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 3 Nov 1758 Port Folio No 8.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the old heading and:] 65; [bottom right, black pencil:] F9; [top left, black pencil:] 65; [bottom left, black pencil, crossed out:] 62.a.

    K. Mil. dummy sheet:

    Title [ink:] Representation of His Majesty's Ship Buckingham, Capt.n Tyrrell, attacking and / defeating the Florissant, Egrette, and Atalante, three French Ships of War, convoying / Dutch vessels with Provisions from the Island of S.t Eustatia to Martinico &.c on the 3.d of Nov.r / 1758: by R. Paton engraved by Canot 1760 / Port-folio N.o [black pencil:] 5 - 2 Table / [in a modern hand:] U.L. Naval topog. / [George III heading, red ink:] Naval Engagement 3 Nov. 1758. 
    Watermark: fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the scrolled letter W below. 
    Size: 48.3 x 33.4 cm (sheet).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Representation of His Majesty's Ship Buckingham, Captain Tyrrell, attacking and defeating the Florissant, Egrette, and Atalante, three French Ships of War, convoying Dutch vessels with provisions from the Island of S.t Eustatia to Martinico &.c on the 3.d of Nov.r 1758: by R. Paton engraved by Canot, 1760.

  • 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)

    Guadeloupe, Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles (16°15'00"N 61°35'00"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    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, 2 vols., London 1911, no.62.a

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