[Battle of Swally, India] England's Glory. A Fight for three Days between two English East-India-Ships, & four Portugueze-Gallions & 24 Frigats.in the Mouth of the River leading to Surat, in which the Portuguezes were beaten.
Scarce etching, 365 x 465mm. 14¼ x 18¼". Two vertical folds;
A very atmospheric image. The naval Battle of Swally took place on 29–30 November 1612 off the coast of Suvali (Swally), near the city of Surat, Gujarat, India; it was a victory for four English East India Company galleons over a Portuguese fleet. This relatively small naval battle is historically important as it marked the beginning of the end of Portugal's commercial monopoly over India, and the beginning of the ascent of the English East India Company's presence in India. For the popular patriotic series depicting British naval achievements, 'England's Glory'. It was published to promote a pro-war (with Spain) agenda, and to undermine Prime Minister Robert Walpole's policy of avoiding military conflict, by William Rayner (1699 - 1761).
Clayton: pp.150-51. Not in NMM.
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