As promised another of the exceptional aquatint prints from Jenkins The Martial achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies from 1799 to 1815. Below the print is a short excerpt from the original written account as published with the print.
The landing of the British expeditionary force under Sir Ralph Abercrombie was intended to defeat or drive out an estimated 21,000 remaining troops of Napoleon's ill-fated invasion of Egypt. The fleet commanded by Baron Keith included seven ships of the line, five frigates and a dozen armed corvettes. With the troop transports, it was delayed in the bay for several days by strong gales and heavy seas before disembarkation could proceed.
Above: Landing of the British Troops in Egypt, March 8th, 1801 from Jenkins The Martial achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies from 1799 to 1815.
Excerpt from the written account as published:
THE LANDING OF THE BRITISH TROOPS IN EGYPT. AFTER the attempt on Cadiz, it became absolutely necessary to employ more advantageously an army which might justly be regarded as the corps d'élite of England. On the 25th of October, 1800, orders from England arrived, to undertake an expedition against Egypt. Part of the fleet sailed on the 3d of November for Minorca; and the remainder, with Sir Ralph Abercrombie, proceeded direct for Malta, where it arrived on the 30th; and Lord Keith, with the division from Minorca, joined on the 14th of December.
The British army amounted to 15,330 men, including 999 sick, 500 Maltese, and all kinds and descriptions of people attached to an army: its effective force in the field could not therefore be, at the highest computation, above 12,000; and, indeed, that number, within 200, was the return given in to the Commander in Chief. It must be allowed, even at the calculation of the supposed strength of the enemy, that to attack with such a force the possessors of a country strengthened by the advantages of strong fortified posts, a numerous cavalry, powerful artillery, and a perfect acquaintance with those few points where a debarcation was practicable, was an enterprize of the most audacious character.
On the 1st of March a signal for landing was made by the leading frigate. This landing-place proved to be the coast near Arabs' Tower; and on the next morning the whole fleet anchored in Aboukir Bay, the men of war riding exactly where the Battle of the Nile was fought, for the Fou droyant chafed her cable against the wreck of l'Orient, whose anchor was afterwards fished up.
It was here that the melancholy death of Major Makarras was announced, and the unfortunate capture of Major Fletcher, of the engineers. These circumstances took place while they were on a reconnoitring party, as they were proceeding to Aboukir Bay, in order to discover the proper point of landing. The wind continuing moderate, and the swell of the sea subsiding, on the morning of the 8th, at two o'clock, the first division of the army, consisting of the reserve under the orders of Major . . .
How to Identify the Prints:
The original prints from The Martial achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies from 1799 to 1815 are aquatint engravings on a medium weight wove paper. Plates also exist that were printed on India Paper. They should clearly identify bottom left W. Heath (delt) who did the drawings and bottom right T. Sutherland (sculpt) who produced most of the aquatint engravings with some by D. Havell, M. Dubourg and J. Hill. Each plate has the date of publication and the name of the publisher beneath the engraved title. The approx engraved area of the plates are 8.5" x 7.75" (215mm x 195mm) including the engraved title text. Engraved plate mark area is approx 8.5 x 11.75 (215mm x 300mm). The large sheet size is approx 11.5" x 14" (290mm x 355mm).
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