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Robert Dodd, 1748–1816, British
Published by Benjamin Beale Evans, ca. 1765–1824, British
Howe's Victory off Ushant
Aquatint with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 20 7/8 × 30 1/8 inches (53.1 × 76.5 cm) and Image: 17 1/8 × 27 13/16 inches (43.5 × 70.6 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on verso, lower right: "L3261 | pair"

Paul Mellon collector's mark

Lettered below image, within border, lower left: "Royal George Queen Charlotte"; center: "Barfleur Royal Sovereign Queen"; right: "Venus Frigate"; below border, lower right: "Painted by Robert Dodd, 1794."; center: "To Admiral Earl Howe Commander in Chief; Admirals Lord Graves, and Lord Bridport, Commanders in the Van and the Rear The Vice Admirals, Sir George Bowyer Bart.,, Benjn. Caldwell Esqr Sir Allan Gardner Bart,, and Rear Admiral | Sir Thomas Pasley Bart The several Captains and Officers; This View of their gaining the Wind of the Enemy's Fleet on the Evening of the 29th of May 1794. which led to their Splendid Victory on the 1st of June following Is most respectfully Inscribed | By their Obedient Servants R. Dodd & B.B. Evans."; lower: "This point of Time represents the Queen after having led the Van along the whole of the Enemy's Line to leeward being so much disabled in her Sails & Rigging and at some distance from the body of the British Fleet, that the French Van bore up in a formed Line with the intent to cut her off; which was prevented by the Royal Sovereign leading the Van of the British down to her Assistance which caused | the French to ware and bear away to leeward."; lower center: "Published January the 25, 1795. by B.B. Evans Poultry London."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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Spreading Canvas - Eighteenth - Century British Marine Painting (Yale Center for British Art, 2016-09-09 - 2016-12-04)

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Eleanor Hughes, Spreading Canvas : Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2016, p. 260-261, cat. 121, ND 1373.G74 S67 2016 (YCBA)

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