Moors on board the Swiftsure.
London: Pub. by I. White, Fleet Street, 1801.
Hand-coloured aquatint, 185 x 250mm. 7¼ x 9¾".
Arabs or Berbers drinking tea and smoking long pipes with opium, on board a Royal Navy warship; cannon to right. HMS Swiftsure was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy. She spent most of her career serving with the British, except for a brief period when she was captured by the French during the Napoleonic Wars. She fought in several of the most famous engagements of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, fighting for the British at the Battle of the Nile, and the French at the Battle of Trafalgar. After Cooper Willyams (1762 - 1816), for his 'A Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty’s Ship the Swiftsure, one of the squadron under the command of Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, K.B. ... with a description of the battle of the Nile on the first of August 1798' (1802). Willyams served as chaplain of the Swiftsure. He was present at the Battle of the Nile and according to DNB his is 'the first, the most particular, and the most authentic account of the battle'.
See BL 210.i.5. Abbey Travel 196, 11.
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