Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 30

Price Realized: $ 312
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 200 - $ 300
(REVOLUTION.) J. Caldwall, engraver; after George Carter. The Engagement between the Quebec Frigate . . . and the Surveillante Frigate. Engraving, 20 x 25 inches to sight; foxing and toning, early conservation at edges, 9-inch repaired closed tear in image, backed by linen and laid into an overmat at an early date. London: George Carter, 1 October 1780

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This naval battle was part of the American Revolution, though it took place far from American shores and did not involve an American ship. The British navy was blockading France in retaliation for French support of the rebels. On 6 October 1779, off the French island of Ushant, two French naval vessels engaged with a British frigate Quebec, which was lost in a powder magazine explosion. The desperate British survivors are seen here fleeing the burning wreck.