Sir J T Duckworths Action St Domingo 1806
Sir J T Duckworth's Action Off St Domingo Feb 6th 1806. Painted by T. Whitcombe. Engraved by T. Sutherland. Publish'd Feb 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: SIR J. T. DUCKWORTH’S ACTION OFF STi. DOMINGO, FEBRUARY 6, 1806. THE annexed plate, illustrating the account of the victory over, and signal defeat of the French fleet in the Bay of St. Domingo, represents the burning of L’Impe’riale of 136 guns, and Le Diomede of 84 guns, by the Acasta and Magicienne frigates, after having been driven on shore by the'squadron under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir J.T. Duckworth, K. B. Extract of a Letter from Sir J. T. DUCKWORTH, to W. MARSDEN, Esq. SUPERB, February 7, 1806. SIR,--As I feel it highly momentous for his Majesty’s service, that the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty should have the earliest information of the squadron under my command, and as I have no other. vessel than the Kingfisher that I feel justified in dispatching, I hope neither their Lordships nor Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood will deem me defective in my duty towards his lordship by addressing you on the happy event of yesterday....
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.