Auction 126, Lot 813

"Capture of Le Sparviere, May 3rd 1810", Jenkins, James

Subject: Ships

Period: 1816 (dated)

Publication: The Naval Achievements of Great Britain

Color: Hand Color

10.5 x 7 inches
26.7 x 17.8 cm

This fine aquatint illustrates an important battle in the Napoleonic Wars, in which the HMS Spartan captured the French Sparviere in the Bay of Naples. Drawn by Thomas Whitcombe, a leading maritime painter of the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars, and engraved by J. Bailey. Jenkins' work was a renowned contemporary record of Nelson's Navy and the aquatints are considered among the most beautiful and well documented of naval prints.


Condition: A+

Superb original color with a bit of surface soil in the blank margins.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 12/3/2008