Cutting Out the Hermione 1799
Cutting Out the Hermione from the Harbour of Porto-Cavallo Oct 25, 1799. Painted by T. Whitcombe. Engraved by T. Sutherland. Publish'd Oct 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 and 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: CUTTING OUT THE HERMIONE FROM THE HARBOUR OF PORTO—CAVALLO, OCTOBER 25, 1799." Copy of a Letter from Sir HYDE PARKER Knight, Commander in Chief of his Majesty’s Ships and Vessels at Jamaica, to EVAN NEPEAN, Esquire, dated at Port-Royal, November 4. SIR,——I have peculiar satisfaction in communicating to you, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that his Majesty’s late ship Hermione is again restored to his navy, by as daring and gallant an enterprise as isto- be found in our naval annals, under the command of Captain Hamilton himself, with the boats of the Surprise Only. Captain Hamilton’s own letter, with 'the reports. accompanying it, will sufficiently explain to their Lordships the detail of this service, and the bravery with-which» the attacks were supported, leaving me only one observation to make on this very gallant action, which adds.infinite honour-to Captain Hamilton as an officer, for his conception of the service he was about to undertake. This was, sir, his disposition for the attack...
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.