Pine, John
1739

John Pine Armada Engraving Plates IX and X

John Pine Armada Engraving Plates IX and X. From The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords, Representing the Several Engagements between the English and Spanish Fleets in the memorable year MDLXXXVIII.

DESCRIPTION: Stunning, beautifully engraved and deftly hand-colored intaglio engraving commemorating the defeat of the "Invincible Armada" of Spain by Britain in 1588 during the reign of Elizabeth I. This original antique copper-plate engraving was engraved and published by John Pine of London in 1739 in his folio volume titled "The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords, Representing the Several Engagements between the English and Spanish Fleets in the memorable year MDLXXXVIII".

Two inset charts depict the actions of August 6 - 9, 1588 when the Spanish Armada, anchored off Calais, France was attacked by eight English fireships and on the following day was attacked off Gravelines, France. Those two days are considered the decisive points that lead to the ultimate destruction of the Spanish Armada.

Two attributes of Pine's 'Armada" engravings make them very special. First, the great detail, elaborate design and brilliant execution of the work has led these to be considered by many to be among the very finest engraved works of the 18th century. Second, the printing process used a muliple plate printing process that is rarely encountered. The two inset charts (IX and X) were each printed separately from the background in a beautiful blue ink. The separate plate-marks of the two inset charts are clearly visible and noticeable to the touch.

John Pine (1690-1756) was a well respected English engraver and publisher who operated a shop in London and is widely considered to be the finest engraver of his period. Pine was a contemporary of William Hogarth who depicted Pine as a Friar in his satirical political painting and print of "The Gate of Callais".

At bottom center reads: "Published by John Pine, June 24, 1739 according to an Act of Parliament".

CREATOR: Pine, John

PUBLICATION DATE: 1739

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

BODY OF WATER: English Channel

CONDITION: Very good.  On heavy chain-laid paper. Wide margins. No condition issues. Strong impression and prominent platemark. A superb example.

COLORING: Beautiful, skillful hand-color.

ENGRAVER: John Pine

SIZE: 24 " x 14 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $1250

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