per il suo humilmo. servo WBaillie 3o. Rego. Cavallrio. Legiera.
A fine and rare etching with drypoint on chine. Signed W. Baillie 4 on verso in ink; Plate 152 x 203mm. 6 x 8". On chine. Some nicks and creasing.
Ships of the fleet commanded by Admiral George Anson, 1st Baron Anson (1697-1762) struggling in stormy seas. A sinking frigate on a stormy sea, with the sailors making for a rocky headland in the long-boat to left and a couple of wind-swept sails on the horizon. During the Seven Years' War, there was a French Invasion of Great Britain which was strategically planned to take place in 1759, and Anson oversaw Britain's naval response to this threat; it was at this point that he was already First Lord of the Admiralty. He instituted a blockade of the French coast, which proved crippling to the French economy and their depleted fleet, and hoped to ensure no invasion. The British were victorious at the Battle of Lagos and the Battle of Quiberon Bay, which destroyed any hope of French victory. The French, under the command of Privateer Francois Thurot, did however land in Ireland, but were pushed away by Britain's land forces, and they set sail for a return to France; the Royal Navy however killed Thurot and destroyed his squadron in the Irish Channel. By Capt William Baillie (1723 - 1810) who retired from the army and became a picture dealer. He was also an amateur then semi-professional printmaker, later selling his plates to Boydell.
[Ref: 26963] £280.00