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Bombardment Algiers Jenkins Naval Achievements

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Bombardment of Algiers, Aug 27th, 1817


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Original antique military / naval print


On August 27 1816 Admiral Lord Exmouth and 10 British warships supported by five Dutch vessels bombarded the city of Algiers for eight hours, then withdrew with ammunition depleted. Their losses were considerable - over 800 men - as Exmouth's plan to fire from a blind spot of the Algerian guns was not kept to by some of the force. The pirates had 33 boats and ships sunk attempting to reach the naval ships, or moored in the port, and an estimated 7000 lost their lives in Algiers. Exmouth bluffed the Dey of Algiers by threatening a repeat dose the next day; the Dey folded, freeing more than 1000 Christian slaves and the British consul who was being held hostage. Thomas Whitcombe (1760-1824) was a marine painter whose works are in several English collections, in particular the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Engraving from 'The Naval Achievements of Great Britain' by James Jenkins. Acid-free double mount. One small spot within platemark.

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artist Thomas Sutherland (1785-1838) after Thomas Whitcombe (1760-1824)
method Colour aquatint
date 1816
size 210mm by 300mm (platemark)
SKU MN2877