[Battle of Toulon] England's Glory. Thoulon bombarded and the French Magazines, with eight men of War destroy'd by the Confederate Fleet & Land Forces, under the Command of Prince Eugene, the Duke of Savoy, & Sir Cloudesly Shovel &c. on the twenty firstof August 1707.
Printed for Willm. Rayner, according to Act of Parliament. [London, c.1739.]
Scarce etching, 340 x 455mm. 13½ x 18". Two vertical folds, as normal.
An impressive battle scene. The Battle of Toulon was fought from July 29 to August 21, 1707 at Toulon, France, during the War of the Spanish Succession. During the battle, a French, Spanish and Savoyard force defeated one from Austria, the Dutch Republic and Great Britain. In order to prevent their ships falling into the enemy's hands, the French had sunk their whole squadron of more than forty six ships of between fifty and 110 guns in the harbour. Much of the damage sustained proved irreparable; it is estimated that the French Navy lost 15 ships of the line in this operation, ensuring it could not contest British control of the Mediterranean. 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). Numbered 'No. 6' upper right, this may have been included in 'The Military History of ... Prince Eugene ... and of John Duke of Marlborough ... collected from the best authors in all languages, to which is added a supplement containing a succinct account of the remarkable events in the late war wherein neither of the Generals above mentioned had any share...', J. Rowlands and B. Stitchall: London, 1742.
Clayton: pp.150-51. See Ogilby Trust: 735. BL: 001171217. Parker 34a. Not in NMM.
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