Capture of The Maria Riggersbergen 1806
Capture of The Maria Riggersbergen, Oct 18th 1806. Painted by T. Whitcombe. Engraved by T. Sutherland. Publish'd Jan 1st 1817 at 48 Strand for J. Jenkin's Naval Achievements. Included with the print is the original folio text pages account of the action as first published with the aquatint.
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 MARIA RIGGERSBERGEN, OCTOBER 18, 1806. THE annexed plate is a representation of the gallant attack made by the Caroline frigate of 36 guns, commanded by Captain P. Rainier, on a Dutch squadron in Batavia Roads, which terminated in the capture of one frigate of equal force, and the Zeerop of 14 guns; one frigate, the Phoenix of 36 guns, the Willia of 20 guns, the Patriot of 18 guns, the Zeeploong of 14 guns, the Maria of 6 guns, and seven merchant-ships, being driven on shore. Copy of a Letter from Captain P. RAINIER, to Rear-Admiral Sir T. TROUBRIDGE, dated Batavia, October 29, 1806. SIR,——After putting the former part of your orders in execution, and receiving information that the enemy’s line-of-battle ships were all to the eastward, in the morning of the 18th instant I captured a small Dutch brig from Bantam, and having learned that the Phoenix. . .
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.