Forgetting the set backs of the American Revolutionary War, in 1793 the Royal Navy embarked on an almost unprecedented era of victories at sea, producing a considerable appetite for pictures of every incident, great or small. A thriving trade in prints and engravings grew up, supplemented by watercolors and oils by celebrated artists. Besides
these ‘public’ works, many officers--and indeed members of the lower deck--kept personal journals and sketchbooks, illustrated with surprisingly accomplished drawings and watercolors, often depicting the everyday aspects of wartime life at sea that were ignored in
the more celebratory artistic media. These sources form a rich vein that have been barely touched in previous publications, but which this book uses to full effect.
Despite numerous defeats, the French navy continued to dispute command of the sea in the period 1793-1797, and the early years of the war abound with fleet engagements, including dramatic victories against the Spanish at St. Vincent and the Dutch at Camperdown, between
which the navy endured the shocking events of the Great Mutiny, potentially the most dangerous moment of the whole war.
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This magnificent collection of images, along with the detailed text and captions, provides a fascinating chronicle of the Royal Navy's steady ascendancy over the French in the early years of the War.
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Book Description Mercury Books, United Kingdom, 2005. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. New Book; This volume illustrating the great maritime events of the pre-photographics era from contemporary paintings, prints, drawings, charts and plans. 300 contemporary images; Chronologically structured by campaign and battle; introductory essays and thematic text boxes; a visual library of naval history. Bookseller Inventory # 001858
Book Description Mercury Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1845600118
Book Description Mercury Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111845600118