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R. M.
The Mars and the L'Hercule, April 21, 1798 : a transparent print / R.M.
[London] : Sold & published Feby. 1, 1799, by Edwd. Orme, New Bond Street, London, 1799.
Physical Description:
1 print on wove paper : aquatint ; plate mark 21 x 21 cm, on sheet 44 x 31 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2011 43e
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
The engraving depicts the British HMS Mars in battle with the French seventy-four Hercule, near the Pointe du Raz on the coast of Brittany, in the moonlit night of 21 April, 1798. The Hercule lost over 300 men in the battle; the Mars lost 31, including Captain Alexander Hood.
Title from caption etched below image.
Lacks varnishing on reverse.
"Where may be had a great variety of transparent prints & every requisite for drawing them."--Foot of imprint.
BAC: British Art Center copy is printed with dark blue ink.
Exhibition History:
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Spreading Canvas - Eighteenth - Century British Marine Painting (Yale Center for British Art, 2016-09-09 - 2016-12-04)

Subject Terms:
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Naval operations, British.
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Naval operations.
Great Britain -- History -- 1714-1837.
Hercule (Ship)
Hood, Alexander, 1758-1796.
Mars (Ship : 1794)
Naval battles -- Great Britain.
Aquatins -- 1799.
Transparent prints.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Orme, Edward, publisher.
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