Battle Off Cabareta point 1801
Battle Off Cabareta Point Jul 12th 1801. Painted by T. Whitcombe. Engraved by T. Sutherland. Publish'd Mar 1st 1816 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: BATTLE OFF CABARETA POINT, JULY 12, 1801 ON the 31st June, 1801, Sir J. Saumarez sailed from Plymouth with five sail of the line, the Thames frigate, Paisley brig, and Plymouth lugger; and proceeded off Cadiz, where he was joined by the Venerable and Superb. On the 5th July he received information, that a French squadron of three sail of the line and one frigate had arrived from the Mediterranean, and had anchored off Ailgeziras. The admiral immediately bore up with the squadron under his command, the Superb excepted. On the 6th he had the pleasure to discern the enemy, lying at some distance from the batteries. The squadron hauled directly for the enemy, the Venerable leading; each officer brought his ship into action in the handsomest manner, and anchored abreast of the enemy’s ships and batteries with the utmost skill and alacrity. Captain Stirling placed. . .
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.