For the Benefit of the Families of the killed in the Allied Fleet on the Coast of Syria.To the Hon.ble Sir R. Stopford G.C.B. G.C.M.G. Admiral of the Red, Rear-Admiral of Great Britain and Commander in Chief of the Allied Fleet, This Plate of the Bombardement amd Capture of S.t Jean d'Acre, is by permission respectfully dedicated by his obliged and obed.t Servant The Author.
London, Published June 23, 1841 by Colnaghi & Puckle, Printsellers to her Majesty, 23, Cockspur Street, Charing Cross.
Pair of coloured aquatints (identically titled). Each 475 x 700mm, 18¾ x 27½". Repairs along platemark and to small holes within the engraved area.
The bombardment of Acre (now modern Israel), during the 'Oriental Crisis' of 1840. When Egypt under Muhammad Ali Pasha tried to break away from the Ottoman Empire, Britain joined the Ottomans, Russians, Austrians and Prussians to crush his rebellion. After shelling Sidon and Beirut in September 1840 the Allied fleet moved to Acre: opening fire on the city on the 3rd November they hit the defender's magazine, blowing up sixty thousand square yards of buildings and killing 1,200. They continued firing until dusk, taking possession of the city the following day. Muhammad Ali finally accepted terms on the 27th.
Parker: Naval Battles, 252.
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