"Abbildung der See Schacht darinnen die Englisch und Hollandischen Siegreich gegen die Fransofsche Flotta gesochten haber 1692", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Military, Ships
Period: 1700 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
12 x 9.4 inches
30.5 x 23.9 cm
This lively engraving illustrates the Battle of La Hougue, also known as the Battle of Barfleur, which was the decisive naval battle of the War of the Grand Alliance. The battle took place off the coast of Normandy, France in June 1692. The French fleet of 44 ships, under the command of the Comte Anne Hilarion de Tourville, was preparing to transport an invading army of Franco-Irish troops to restore James II to the English throne. In the English Channel they encountered the Anglo-Dutch fleet of 99 ships commanded by Admiral Edward Russell. The resulting battle drove the French back to Cherbourg and the Bay of La Hougue where they were routed. The battle ended all threat of a French invasion of England for the remainder of the war.
There are a few light spots in the margins.