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Robert Dighton ***

A First Rate Man of War, taken from the Dockyard Plymouth

Drawn, Etch’d & Pub’d by Dighton, Charing Cross, January 1809

19th century etching with original hand-colouring

Plate: 201 x 275 mm

Some minor spotting. Small tear (level with character’s knees)

Price: £55

A typical Robert Dighton caricature of William Young (1751-1821); an officer of the Royal Navy who served during the American War of Independence and French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.


Francis Chesham after Robert Dodd

The Close of the Battle with the Setting Sun representing the Ville de Paris, striking her Colours to the Barfleur, Admiral Lord Hood

Published May 1794 by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London

18th century copper engraving printed on rolled paper.

Plate: 616 x 485 mm

Some time staining. A good impression.

Price: £295

The Ships in the distance represent part of the French Fleet retreating closely pursued by some of the British, till darkness put an end to the Combat. The Ship in the Fore Ground Dismasted is the Glorieux and in possession; The Ships to the left hand Le Caefar, Le Hecteur and Ardent in possession.


Orlando Norie

[2 watercolour sketches of  the British cavalry]

Sight-size: 191 x 141 mm

Framed. In good condition.

Price: Pair for £1400

A pair of delicately rendered images of the British cavalry. One image shows them riding and the other shows them locked in combat (their horses tethered together in the foreground). Orlando Norie was famous for his military subjects and is considered one of the most prolific painters of the British army.

Thomas Gaugain after Anthony Cardon

Gl. Andreossy. The Ambassador from France to His Britannic Majesty

London, A. Cardon 1803

Stipple engraving



Gl. Andreossy. The Ambassador from France to His Britannic Majesty

A delicately executed, half length portrait, enclosed in an oval, of General Andréossy, Napoleon's Ambassador to Britain during the short lived Peace of Amiens 1802-3. Of Hungarian descent, he looks sternly out, wearing a military coat embroidered with oak leaves and a black cravat. The Peace had been principally used by Napoleon as an opportunity to regroup and reorganise his armies. During that time the British Ambassador to France had been Charles, 1st Earl Whitworth (1752-1825). Napoleon had roughly demanded the British evacuation of Malta as a price of lasting peace, a demand that Whitworth had been firmly instructed by Hawkesbury to refuse. On March 13th 1803 Napoleon had summoned the Ambassador to the Tuileries and subjected to him to a violent tirade after which Whitworth noted 'the extreme impropriety of his conduct and the total want of dignity as well as of decency on the occasion.’ The interview was not, however, a final one Whitworth was received by the First Consul once again on 4th April, when the corps diplomatique were kept waiting for an audience for four hours while Napoleon inspected knapsacks. On 1st May an indisposition prevented Whitworth from attending the reception at the Tuileries, on 12th May he demanded his passports, and on 18th May Britain declared war against France. Whitworth reached London on 20th May, having encountered the French Ambassador, Andréossy, three days earlier at Dover. Throughout the trying scenes with the First Consul, Whitworth's demeanour was generally admitted to have been marked by a dignity and an impassibilité worthy of the best traditions of aristocratic diplomacy.

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