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Battle of the Nile, 1798, Poster

An Exact Representation of the English & French Fleets under the Command of Rear-Admiral Sr. Horatio Nelson, K.B. & Admiral Brueys off the Mouth of the Nile, on the 1st of August 1798.; 24 x 18.5 in., on heavy paper. London: Published 18 Oct.r 1798 by Laurie & Whittle No. 53 Fleet Street. Top two-thirds or so is a hand-colored map (12.5 x 16.5 in.) of the coast of Egypt with the mouth of the Nile, with vignette insert of "the Castle" and Bay of Bequire and insert of Baron Nelson. The bottom one-third is text with references to landmarks on the map and letters from Nelson. The print seems to have been assembled in some haste in the race to be the first with the news; the bottom was printed first, then the top printed with a copper plate, the bottom text being just slightly "off" relative to the plate.

After serving his country during her struggles with the American colonies and a short period in the West Indies, Nelson found himself idled by peace. He spent five years with his wife until the outbreak of the French Revolution, when he received command of HMS Agamemnon and headed for the Mediterranean. He received many promotions and awards, but also was wounded several times during this period - suffering especially the loss of his right arm and blinding of his right eye. After chasing the French fleet around the eastern Mediterranean for several months, he finally caught up with them at the mouth of the Nile, on the first of August 1798. In what would become known as the Battle of the Nile, Nelson annihilated all but four of the fleet (and was slightly wounded in this battle as well). The text portion of the print lists the French ships, their size and their fate. The map shows at least 3 ships burning, with one labeled l'Orient Flag Ship. His career would only last a few more years. In late October 1805, he would face a combined Franco-Spanish fleet at Trafalgar, and although the English victory was decisive, Nelson was fatally injured and died later in the day at the age of 47.

Condition:Print removed from frame, which is present. Light overall toning. One tear, just under 2 ins. long, from right side. Both long edges folded under, possibly by an early framer.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,560
06/21/2012

 

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