C1817

Capture of La Chiffonne, Augt. 19th 1801

Artist:

Thomas Whitcombe (1752 - 1824)

Rare  aquatint of the capture of HMS Sybille capturing the Chiffone off Mahé in the Seychelles in 1810. The Battle of Mahé was a minor naval engagement of the last year of the French Revolutionary Wars, fought on 19 August 1801 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Capture of La Chiffonne, Augt. 19th 1801

Date:

C1817

Artist:

Thomas Whitcombe (1752 - 1824)

Engraver:

T. Sutherland 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Aquatint with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

265mm 
x 170mm
AUTHENTICITY
Capture of La Chiffonne, Augt. 19th 1801 - Antique Print from 1817

Genuine antique
dated:

1817

Description:

Rare  aquatint of the capture of HMS Sybille capturing the Chiffone off Mahé in the Seychelles in 1810. The Battle of Mahé was a minor naval engagement of the last year of the French Revolutionary Wars, fought on 19 August 1801 in the harbour of Mahé. 

In the early morning of 19 August, Sybille was reconnoitering the Seychelles when flag signals were observed over Ste. Anne Island, a small island to the east of Mahé. Adam felt this was an unusual circumstance and ordered his ship to investigate. Passing Ste. Anne flying false French colours, Chiffone could be clearly seen at anchor close inshore at Mahé. Adam ordered the main topsail backed and prepared his ship with springs on the anchor cables to provide more maneuverability in shallow waters. The main batteries of 24-pounder long guns were cleared for action and, with his preparations made, Adam gave orders for the foresail set, gliding slowly forward into the complex system of reefs which sheltered the French ship. Passage through these obstacles was only possible by stationing a man at the masthead who was tasked with observing the colour of the water ahead of the ship: darker water indicated deeper water, but the gradations in colour were so slight that they could only be observed from the vantage point on top of the mainmast.

 

Biography:

Thomas Whitcombe (1763-1824)

Whitcombe was a prominent British maritime painter of the Napoleonic Wars. Among his work are over 150 actions of the Royal Navy, and he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists.

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