C1817

Capture & Destruction of Four Spanish Frigates, Oct 5th 1804.

Artist:

Nicholas Pocock (1740 - 1821)

Rare  aquatint of the capture of four Spanish frigates by the British ships Medusa, Indefatigable and Amphion,  under the command of Captain Gore, Captain Graham Moore. The Spanish frigates carried enormous amounts of bullion. 

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Full Title:

Capture & Destruction of Four Spanish Frigates, Oct 5th 1804.

Date:

C1817

Artist:

Nicholas Pocock (1740 - 1821)

Engraver:

T. Sutherland 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Aquatint with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

260mm 
x 170mm
AUTHENTICITY
Capture & Destruction of Four Spanish Frigates, Oct 5th 1804. - Antique Print from 1817

Genuine antique
dated:

1817

Description:

Rare  aquatint of the capture of four Spanish frigates by the British ships Medusa, Indefatigable and Amphion,  under the command of Captain Gore, Captain Graham Moore. The Spanish frigates carried enormous amounts of bullion. 

Biography:

Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821) 

Pocock was a British artist known for his many detailed paintings of naval battles, born in Bristol in 1740, the son of a seaman. He followed his father’s profession and was master of a merchant ship by the age of 26. During his time at sea, he became a skilled artist by making ink and wash sketches of ships and coastal scenes for his log books. 

In 1778, Pocock’s employer, Richard Champion, became financially insolvent due to the effects of the American Revolutionary War on transatlantic trade. As a result, Pocock gave up the sea and devoted himself to painting. The first of his works were exhibited by the Royal Academy in 1782. Later that year, Pocock was commissioned to produce a series of paintings illustrating George Rodney’s victory at the Battle of the Saintes. In 1789, he moved to London, where his reputation and contacts continued to grow. He was a favourite of Samuel Hood and was appointed Marine Painter to King George.   

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