Approach of the Floating Batteries before Gibraltar on the Morning of the 13.th of Sept.r 1782. [&] Defeat of the Floating Batteries before Gibraltar, on the Night of the 13.th of Sep.r 1782.
Published as the Act directs, Feb.y 9.th 1785, by C. Tomkins, No. 75, Queen Anne Street East, Mary le Bone.
Pair of extremely rare coloured aquatints, each approx. 280 x 360mm (11 x 14".) Both prints trimmed to image left and right, and trimmed close to platemark top and bottom.
Representations of the culmination of the Great Siege of Gibraltar on September 13th 1782. The Siege was part of an attempt by joint French and Spanish armies to capture Gibraltar from the British, whilst Britain was involved in the American War of Independence. The naval contingent of the offensive included a secret weapon, the 'floating battery', a type of warship of extremely heavy construction and carrying heavy armaments. However, the British practice of heating round shot before firing in order to set fire to the enemy vessels proved decisive, and nine of the ten floating batteries were destroyed. The siege continued into the spring of 1784 before the French and Spanish retreated without emulating the scale of this attack. After drawings by marine artist John Cleveley.
[Ref: 13789] £550.00