The Glorious Action off Cape Francois Oct.r 21.st 1757 between three English, & seven French Ships of War wherein the latter were entirely defeated.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer, Print & Mapseller, No.53 in Fleet Street.
Engraving with fine hand-colouring, 4 in right top corner; platemark 180 x 280mm (7 x 11"). Laid on card as issued.
The Battle of Cap-Franšais (present day Cap-Ha´tien, Haiti) during the Seven Years' War in which Commodore Forrest was commanded to intercept a French convoy in the Caribbean, bound for France. By the time of the British attack, the French convoy had been reinforced. The outcome was tactically indecisive (contrary to the legend beneath this print), but the bravery of the British in fighting against heavy odds saw the battle remembered as a 'glorious action'. From of a series of prints made from paintings recording celebrated naval battles by marine painter Francis Swain (c.1719-82) which were probably reduced copies of other engravings issued by the same publisher.
Parker 59 (not in, although a larger engraving, probably from the same picture by Swain, is listed and dated to c.1770)
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