The Reception of Sir Charles Napier by the People, in the Hall of the Palace, Stockholm.Dolby's Sketches on the Baltic, Plate 6.
Published July 29th 1854 by Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co 13 14 15 Pall Mall East Publishers to her Majesty.
Tinted lithograph. Printed area 340 x 390mm (13½ x 15¼"). Tear into inscription at bottom. Slight crease bottom right.
Sir Charles Napier (1786-1860), Commander of the Baltic Fleet, the largest the Royal Navy had assembled since the Napoleonic Wars, being warmly welcomed by the Swedes when he arrived in Stockholm. A lesser known theatre of the Crimean War, the Baltic Campaign was an attempt at attacking St Petersburg, undertaken by a combined British and French fleet. Napier, Britain's most experienced officer (having fought in the War of 1812) was given command, but proved to be too cautious for British public opinion. For failing to attack either the Russian naval base at Sveaborg or the fortress of Kronstadt (which the Russians were hoping he was rash enough to do), he was removed from his cammand on his return at the end of the season. Edwin Thomas Dolby's 'Sketches on the Baltic' illustrated the campaign in the same style at William Simpson's view of the Crimea.
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