Capture of the Argus 1813
Capture of the Argus, Aug.t. 14.th. 1813. Painted by T. Whitcombe. Engraved by T. Sutherland. Publish'd Feb.y. 1. 1817 at 48 Strand for J. Jenkin's Naval Achievements.Included with the print is the original folio text page account of the action as first published with the aquatint, watermarked J. Whatman 1816.
Original aquatint engraving on medium weight wove paper with wide margins. Good overall condition with exceptional original colour. The plate has the date of publication and the name of the publisher beneath the engraved title. The approx engraved image area of the plate is 7" x 10.25" (175mm x 260mm). Engraved plate mark area is approx 8.5 x 11.75 (215mm x 300mm). The folio sheet size is approx 11.5" x 14" (290mm x 355mm).
Short extract from the folio text pages included: CAPTURE OF THE ARGUS, AUGUST 14, 1813. NOTWITHSTANDING every exertion was made by the squadron on the American station to blockade the ports of the enemy, it was found impossible to prevent their cruisers from putting to sea; and the partial success which attended their exertions at the commencement of hostilities, ﬂattered their vanity and raised. their hopes to an inordinate height: they expected to tear the wreath of laurel from the brows of British seamen, to bear away the palm of victory, and to ride the seas in triumph. The capture of the Chesapeake, followed by that of V the Essex and Argus, at once disappointed their hopes and defeated their intentions. The capture of the latter vessel, though of an inferior rate to the former, displays in an equal degree the characteristic valour and intrepidity of the sea- men of Great Britain, the heroism and abilities of her ofﬁcers, and that love of country which ever animates to the noblest exertions those engaged in the public service . . .
James Jenkins The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817." As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years it has no precedent. At no time prior to 1817 had a publisher attempted such a complete volume of documentary naval prints. It is the quality of accuracy which makes Jenkins so valuable" Roger Quarm curator of pictures at the National Maritime Museum 1998.
A genuine antique print over 200 years old.