Engravings - A Pair of Naval Victories, 1803
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Published to coincide with the short-lived break in hostilities with France by Robert Bowyer (1758-1834), proprietor of The Historic Gallery, Pall Mall, London. Bowyer was by turns a merchant’s clerk, a self-taught miniaturist whose sitters included Nelson and George IV, a Baptist missionary who journeyed to France in 1802, and a publisher of two epic projects, an illustrated edition of the Bible and Hume’s History of England. The present engravings are two of a set of four British naval victories published in 1802-03. The others in the series are the Battle of Cape St Vincent fought on 14 February 1797, and the Battle of the Battle of Camperdown fought on 11 October 1797. Framed and glazed.
‘Commemoration of the Victory of June 1st MDCCXCIV’ - by Francesco Bartolozzi, John George Landseer, Thomas Ryder and James Stow, after Robert Smirke. Line engraving in two plates, published 1802, being an oak tree with portraits of Admirals Howe, Graves, Gardiner, Caldwell, Bowyer, Paisley and Bridport hanging in its branches, a figure of Britannia sitting against the trunk with a lion, on a rock at the edge of the sea, a winged figure approaching to crown her with laurel, and below a plaque with the heads of seventeen captains present at the battle.
‘Victors of The Nile’ - by William Bromley, John George Landseer and William Satchwell Leney, after Robert Smirke. Line engraving, published 1803, being a portrait of Admiral Lord Nelson on a palm tree held by the figure of winged victory bearing fanfare trumpets, set against a background of British warships and the pyramids enveloped by gun smoke. At the base of the palm tree a figure representing of the Nile holds a cornucopia of abundance and reclines on an upturned urn spewing forth life-giving waters. The whole over a laurel bound panel set with fifteen cameo portraits of Nelson’s captains.
Chromolithograph. A caricature of Admiral of the Fleet John Arbuthnot Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher (1841-1920). After ‘Spy’ (Sir Leslie Ward). Published in Vanity Fair, London, 6 November 1902. Framed and glazed.