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Lot 269: 1816 Hand-Colored Engraving titled: Capture of La Pique
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
War of 1812
1816 Hand-Colored Engraving "Capture of La Pique"
1816, Hand-Colored Engraving, "Capture of La Pique - Jany. 5th, 1795," "Published Sept, 1, 1816, at 48 Strand, for J. Jenkins' Naval Achievements," Printed by Whitcombe, Engraved by Sutherland, Choice Extremey Fine.
This original, colorful Engraved Print is meticulously detailed and richly Hand-tinted showing the HMS Blanche towing the captured French Frigate, La Pique, measures 13.5" x 10" on crisp heavy print paper.
The HMS Pique was a 38-gun fifth rate frigate of the Royal Navy. She had formerly served with the French Navy, initially as the Fleur-de-Lys, and later as the Pique. HMS Blanche captured her in 1795 in a battle that left the Blanche's commander, Captain Robert Faulknor, dead. HMS Pique was taken into service under her only British captain, David Milne, but served for just three years with the Royal Navy before being wrecked in an engagement with the French ship Seine in 1798. The Seine had been spotted heading for a French port and Pique and another British ship gave chase. All three ships ran aground after a long and hard-fought pursuit. The arrival of a third British ship ended French resistance, but while the Seine and Jason were both refloated, attempts to save Pique failed; she bilged and had to be abandoned.
This historic Engraving features extremely detailed figures of the two ships, and the hand-coloring is gorgeous and vibrant. A rare War of 1812 Military engraving, excellent for framing and display.