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Richard Paton (1717-91)

Naval battle at Cape Logos, 1759

To the Right Honourable WILLIAM PITT Esq.r One of HIS MAJESTY’S Principal Secretaries of State, &c,,a &c,,a / This Representation of the DEFEAT of a French Squadron under the Command of M,, de la Clue, Chef... 1761

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 43.6 x 62.2 cm (image) | RCIN 732119

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A view of the naval Battle of Lagos fought on 18 August 1759 between the British fleet, commanded by Admiral Edward Boscawen (1711-61) and the French, commanded by Jean-François de Bertet de La Clue-Sabran (1696-1764), resulting in a British victory. Seven Years War (1756-63).

The British captured three French ships: Centaur, Modeste, and Téméraire which were added to the British navy. Boscawen was appointed General of Marines for his part in the action.

  • Richard Paton (1717-91) (artistand publisher) [bottom right, below edge of view:] P.C. Canot Aq. fort. W.m Woollett Sculp.

    William Woollett (1735-85) (engraver)

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

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

    Pitt, William, 1759-1806 (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible on print; backing paper: indistinct

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 39.8 x 62.2 cm (neatline)

    43.6 x 62.2 cm (image)

    45.8 x 64.3 cm (platemark)

    46.1 x 65.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To the Right Honourable WILLIAM PITT Esq.r One of HIS MAJESTY’S Principal Secretaries of State, &c,,a &c,,a / This Representation of the DEFEAT of a French Squadron under the Command of M,, de la Clue, Chef d’Escadre, by a Squadron of His MAJESTY’S, Commanded by the Right Hon.ble / Edward Boscawen, Admiral of the Blue, off Cape Lagos, on the 18,, of August 1759. Is most humbly Inscribed by his Most Devoted and Obedient Servant, / Rich,,d Paton. [bottom centre, below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, left of title, a recapitulation of the English Line with the number of ships, frigate, guns and men and, bottom, right of title, a recapitulation of the numbers of French ships guns and men.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: [in black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 18 Aug 1759 Port folio No 5.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [along bottom, obscured by paper backing: the old heading]; [bottom left, black pencil:] 64.; [left centre, obscured by paper backing:] a large figure 82; [bottom right, black pencil:] G. 18; [top left, black pencil:] 82.

    K. Mil. dummy sheets:

    Title [ink:] Representation of the Defeat of a French Squadron, commanded by M. de la Clue, by a / Squadron of His Majesty's Ships, commanded by Admiral Boscawen, off Cape Lagos; / on the 18.th of August 1759 - by R. Paton, engraved by Canot and Woollett 1761 / Port-folio N.o [black pencil:] 5 - 2 Table / [black pencil, in a modern hand, crossed out in black pencil:] U.L. Naval Topog. / [George III heading, red ink:] Naval Engagement 18 Aug. 1759. 
    Watermark: fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the scrolled letter W below. 
    Size: 48.3 x 33.3 cm (sheet).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Representation of the Defeat of a French Squadron commanded by M. de la Clue, by a Squadron of His Majesty’s Ships commanded by Admiral Boscawen, off Cape Lagos on the 18.th of August 1759: by R. Paton, engraved by Canot and Woollett, 1761.

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

  • Subject(s)

    off Leixao da Cruz, Lagos, Portugal (37°04'45"N 08°40'00"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.64.a

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