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After Richard Paton (1717-91)

Louisbourg, 1758

To the Captains other Officers & Seamen, who (with a detachment of Boats from the Fleet commanded by Admiral Boscawen) / Burnt the Prudent & Took the Bienfaisant in LOUISBOURGH HARBOUR, about 1 o’Clock in the morning of the... 1771

Engraving; printed on paper | 39.9 x 57.5 cm (image) | RCIN 732073.c

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A view of the burning of the Prudent and the capture of the Bienfaisant in Louisbourg Harbour, 26 July 1758. Seven Years War (1756-63)

The original painting by Richard Paton was executed about 1760 and is currently in a private collection. The painting is illustrated on the dust jacket of The capture of Louisbourg 1758 by Hugh Boscawen, University of Oaklahoma Press, 2011.

  • After Richard Paton (1717-91) (artist and dedicator) [bottom left, below edge of view:] R. Paton Pinxit.

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

    John Boydell (1720-1804) (publisher) [bottom, below title:] London, Publish’d by John Boydell Engraver, 14 Feb.ry, 1771.

  • Watermark: Indistinct

    Condition: one fold line; creased; left edge torn; surface dirt and brown both sides

  • 36.7 x 57.5 cm (neatline)

    39.9 x 57.5 cm (image)

    all trimmed (platemark)

    40.6 x 59.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To the Captains other Officers & Seamen, who (with a detachment of Boats from the Fleet commanded by Admiral Boscawen) / Burnt the Prudent & Took the Bienfaisant in LOUISBOURGH HARBOUR, about 1 o’Clock in the morning of the 26.th July 1758. In Memory of that Singular & Brave / Action. This Representation is humbly Inscribed, By their Most Obedient Servant / Rich.d Paton. [below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left:] Cap.n Laforey with 25 Boats Attack'd / and took the Prudent of 74 Guns, but / finding her aground, was obliged / to burn her. [Bottom right:] Capt.n Balfour with 25 Boats Attack'd / Took, and Towed off the Bienfaisant of / 64 Guns into the N.E. Harbour, the in / possession of the British Troops.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Louisbourg. 26 July 1758.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 61.; [bottom left, black pencil:] [Shaw] May 25 1781; [bottom right, black pencil:] a+9 [or g].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Louisbourg View of a detachment of Boats, from the Fleet commanded by Admiral Boscawen, burning the Prudent and taking the Bienfaisant in Louisbourg Harbour on the 26th of July 1758: by R. Paton, engraved by Canot, 1771.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada (45°55'00"N 59°57'54"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    H. Boscawen, The Capture of Louisbourg, 1758, Norman, OK, USA, 2011

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