The Burning of the French Adm.ls Ship L'Orient in the Glorious Battle of the Nile Aug. 1 1798.
Sold & Published Jan.y 1, 1799 by Edw.d Orme, New Bond Street, London. Where may be had a Variety of Transparent Prints & New Publications. NB. Every requisite for drawing Transparencies sold as above.
Mezzotint with etching, large margins. 240 x 280mm (9½ x 11").
An unfinished transparency print of the French flagship L'Orient's on fire at night during the Battle of the Nile. When the magazine exploded the shock wave caused a pause in the battle lasting ten minutes, as the ships had to deal with burning debris flying everywhere. Transparency prints are usually finished with colour and varnish on the reverse so that when held up to the light the scene changes. Edward Orme invented the process c.1794, and Charles Turner engraved the first such plate; Turner's diary lists this plate as one of the transparency prints he engraved for Orme.
BM: 2010,7081.7693, this example a later state with the addition of the R.M. Whitman: Turner 286.
[Ref: 32167] £260.00