Robert Dodd. "The Pearl Captn Montague taking the L'Esperanceâ October 1, 1780".
London: John Harris, August 29th, 1782. [restrike 19th century]. 11 3/4 x 17 (image only). Engraving by Peltro. Appears to have been re-engraved 19th century. Partial hand color. Mat burn and time toning in margins outside plate mark, not affecting image. Else, very good condition. With decorative French mat.
This print depicts the naval action between the British ship Pearl and the French privateer L'Esperance off Bermuda on 1 October 1780. The L'Esperance, on the right of the image, appears to have sustained more damage. Her topsail and yard are gone, as is her entire mizenmast. Another small two-masted vessel can be seen in the distance.
This print is a restrike from the original plate. Not only is some of the lettering in the description of the print under the title faint in areas, the image itself appears to have been re-engraved. Otherwise, an excellent example of British naval prints of this period.