His Majesty's Frigate the Diamond, commanded by Captain Sir Sidney Smith, K.S.being on a cruise off Cape La Heve... to cut out a French lugger named Le Vengeur.. 18 April 1796... was boarded... but the cable cut by one of the prisoners... swept... into the River Seine... surrender..till they effected their escape. To J. Spencer Smith, Esqr. M.P. F.R.S. F.S.A. &c. this Print, from the original Drawing in his collection, is respectfully inscribed by E. Orme.
Published for the Proprietor, as the Act directs, Septr. 1803, by Edwd. Orme, His Majesty's Printseller, 59, New Bond Street, London.
Coloured aquatint, image 370 x 565mm. 14½ x 22¼". Trimmed to plate, nicks and tears to exremities. Paper age toned. Crease through lower left corner of image.
The frigate 'Diamond' was overpowered in the port of Havre on April 17th 1796. Her commander Captain Sir William Sydney Smith was imprisoned but escaped in May 1798. The respective ships captioned above the image.
Parker: 114a; for better impression see ref. 13725
[Ref: 9025] £360.00