Mobile menu

Maps and views, correspondence and journals from the first global war

Richard Paton (1717-91)

Naval battle at Belle-Isle, 1759

To the Hon,,ble Sir EDWARD HAWKE, Admiral of the Blue, and Knight of the most Hon,,ble Order of the Bath, &c,,a / This Representation of the Glorious DEFEAT, of the French Fleet, Commanded by Marshal Conflans... 1761

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 43.5 x 61.9 cm (image) | RCIN 732124

Your share link is...

  Close

A view of the Battle of Quiberon Bay, fought between the British navy, commanded by Admiral Sir Edward Hawke (1705-81), and the French fleet, commanded by Hubert de Brienne, comte de Conflans (1690-1777), off Belle Isle, 20 November 1759, resulting in a British victory. Seven Years War (1756-63).

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

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

    Robert Willock (active 1732-1770s) (print seller) [bottom, below title:] London, Publish’d according to Law, 16 March 1761. To be had of R. Paton in Wardour Street Soho, and R. Willock, Bookseller in Cornhill.

    Edward Hawke, Baron Hawke (1705-81) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 39.5 x 61.9 cm (neatline)

    43.5 x 61.9 cm (image)

    44.9 x 64.9 cm (platemark)

    46.1 x 65.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To the Hon,,ble Sir EDWARD HAWKE, Admiral of the Blue, and Knight of the most Hon,,ble Order of the Bath, &c,,a / This Representation of the Glorious DEFEAT, of the French Fleet, Commanded by Marshal Conflans, off Belle-Isle, on the 20,,th of November 1759, by a Fleet of HIS MAJESTY’S Ships under His Command, / Whereby they were prevented Escorting a Body of Forces to Invade the British Dominions; Is most humbly Inscribed by his Most Devoted and Obedient Servant / Rich.d Paton. [bottom centre, below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, left of title, a recapitulation of the numbers of ships, guns and men of the English line and, bottom right, of the French line.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 20 Nov 1759 Port folio No 5.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the old heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 65.; [centre left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing, in large numerals:] 91; [bottom right, black pencil:] G 28; [top left, black pencil:] 91.

    K. Mil. dummy sheet:

    Title [ink:] Representation of the Defeat of the French Fleet, commanded by Marshal Conflans, / off Belle-Isle. on the 20.th of Nov.r 1759; by a Fleet of His Majesty's Ships, commanded by / Admiral Sir Edward Hawke: - by R. Paton, engraved by Canot 1761 / Port-folio N.o [black pencil:] 5- 2 Table / [black pencil, in a modern hand, crossed out in black pencil:] UL - Naval Topog / [black pencil, erased and partly legible, old heading?:] [?] 1759 / [George III heading, red ink:] Naval Engagement 20 Nov. 1759. 
    Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1811. 
    Size: 47.5 x 33.3 cm (sheet).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Representation of the defeat of the French Fleet commanded by Marshal Conflans off Belle-Isle on the 20.th of Novr 1759 by a Fleet of His Majesty’s Ships commanded by Admiral Sir Edward Hawke: by R. Paton, engraved by Canot, 1761.

  • 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)

    Belle Île, Brittany, France (47°19'59"N 03°11'13"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.65.b

Page revisions