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 Battle of Montevideo was a battle between the British and Spanish Empires during the Napoleonic Wars, in which British forces captured the city of Montevideo. It formed part of the British invasions of the River Plate. Locally, it is remembered as the Siege of Montevideo (Spanish: Sitio de Montevideo).
Above: STORMING OF MONTEVIDEO, FEBRUARY 3, 1807 from Jenkins The Martial achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies from 1799 to 1815.
Excerpt from the written account as published:
STORMING OF MONTEVIDEO, FEBRUARY 3, 1807: On the 13th January, the British troops under Sir S. Auchmuty left Maldonada, and landed on the 18th to the westward of the Careta rocks, about nine miles from the town; on the 19th they moved towards Monte Video. The right column, under Brigadier-General Lumley, was early engaged ; about 4000 of the enemy's horse occupied two heights to his front and right. As they advanced, a heavy fire of round and grape opened upon them; but a spirited charge from the light battalion under Lieutenant-Colonel Brownrigg dispersed the corps opposed to him, with the loss of a gun. The enemy on the flank did not wait a similar movement, but retreated, and permitted the British, without further opposition, to take up a position about two miles from the town. The next morning, the enemy came out of the town and attacked with their whole force, about 6000 men and many guns; but after a charge under Major Campbell, and being at the same time suddenly and unexpectedly attacked in flank by the rifle corps and light battalions, ordered to that particular point by Sir Samuel, they gave way on all sides, and were pursued with great slaughter. . .
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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