[The Capture of Bellisle, 1761.]To the Hon.ble Augustus Keppel [...] this plate being an exact Representation of the First Attack, made by the British Fleet under his Command, 8 April 1761 [...] [&] To Sir Thomas Stanhope Kn.t Colonel in his Majesty's Marine Forces [...] who commanded the Attack at St Foy near Locmaria-Point where the landing was compleated on ye 22.d of April 1761 [...]
Published April 25th 1777 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London.
Two (of six) engravings, small margins. 370 x 520mm (13¾ x 20½).
Two engravings celebrating the capture of the French island of Belle Īle (off the Brittany coast) in 1761, during the Seven Years' War. As the Royal Navy began to dominate the seas Britain started to pick off France's colonies, including Canada, before lauching this attack on a part of France itself. Initially repelled, the attack was continued with reinforcements and the island was eventually captured. Unable to counter-attack, the French told the British they could keep it if they wanted, but they found that a British base so close to the French mainland was a real problem, so in the Treaty of Paris that ended the war Belle Īle was swapped for Minorca, which France had captured earlier in the war.
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