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    British Patriotic Engraving, the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, 1780. The engraving has the dramatic Battle of Cape St. Vincent that took place off the coast of Portugal on January 16, 1780 during the American Revolutionary War and was a victory of a British fleet under Admiral Sir George Rodney over a Spanish squadron (Spain supporting the American revolutionaries). It is also known as the Moonlight Battle, because it was unusual for naval battles in the age of sail to take place at night. To the sides of the central vignette is printed, "The Engagement of the Royal Fleet Under the Command of Sir George Brydge Rodney". Down the sides are depictions of Admirals of the British Royal Navy, including, Admiral Rodney, Admiral Digby, Admiral Keppel, Admiral Ross, Admiral Parker, and Admiral Barrington. Published by J Farrell, No. 7 Pater noster Row the engraving, mounted on board, measures 14.75" x 17.75" (sight sized, not examined out of frame) and is matted and framed to 20.75" x 24.5" (overall).

    The engraving was used for a literary decorative penmanship exercise, reading,

    "Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. / Charity is the greatest of christian virtues.

    Quickly lay hold on time while in your power,
    Be careful well to husband ev'ry hour,
    Sespair of nothing which you wou'ld attain,
    Unvaried diligence your point will gain.

    Written at Mr. Bird's Academy, No. 50 Fetter Lane, Holborn for Whitsuntide 1780, by Samuel Enoch Dunkerly."

    English essayist Charles Lamb, and his sister Mary, who also, along with Mr. Dunkerly (b. 1768), attended Mr. William Bird's Academy described it as, ". . . a humble day school, at which reading and writing were taught to us boys in the morning, and the same slender erudition was communicated to the girls, our sisters etc, in the evening. . .The schoolroom still stands . . . looking into a discoloured dingy garden, in the passage leading from Fetter Lane into Bartlett's Buildings . . . forming a quaint alley of dark brick houses with pedimented doorways and white window- frames". Lightly foxed, missing piece upper right. This lot requires 3rd party shipping.

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