Sir Robert Calder's Victory 1805
Sir Robert Calder's Victory Jul 22nd 1805. Painted by T. Whitcombe. Engraved by T. Sutherland. Publish'd Mar 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 ROBERT CALDER’S VICTORY, JULY 22“, 1805. THE annexed plate represents the situation of the British fleet while engaging that of the enemy on the 9er July, 1805. In the centre is the Prince of ‘Vales, Vice-Admiral Sir R. Calder; ahead of which are the Defiance and Windsor Castle. In the distance is the French admiral’s ship; to the right of which is the Spanish ship San Rafael, which struck to the Prince of Wales. TO the right are the Repulse, Reasonable, and Glory. Copy of a Letter from Sir R. CALDER, to the Hum Admiral CORNWALLIS, dated PRINCE or WALES, July 23. SIR---, Yesterday at noon, lat. 43 deg. 30 min. N. long. 11 deg. 17 min. W. I was favoured with a view of the combined squadrons of France and Spain, consisting of twenty sail of the line, also three large ships, armed en flute, of about 50 guns each, with five frigates and three brigs: the force under my direction at this time consisting of fifteen sail of the line, two frigates, a cutter,and a lugger. Iimmediately. . .
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.