Lithograph on india with large margins, proof before letters, very scarce; India 320 x 460mm (12½ x 18"). Slightly dusty.
A scene from the British invasion of Martinique during the Napoleonic Wars. L'Amphitrite, a 44-gun Armide class frigate commanded by François Denis de Keredern de Trobriand, was carrying despatches from Napoleon for the governor of Martinique. Arriving in the 3rd February Trobriand fought his way through the British bloackade into Fort-de-France harbour, cutting the corvette shown here in two. He landed his men then blew his frigate up to prevent her capture. Both French and English reports of the action complimented his bravery. The crew joined the garrison of Fort Desaix and Trobriand was killed during the British bombardment. Part of the hull of l'Amphitrite was discovered in 1960: artifacts were salvaged and put on display at the 'Service Régional de l'Archéologie'.
[Ref: 35391] £480.00