Willyams, Cooper
1802

Antique chart of the Mediterranean Sea related to the Battle of the Nile in 1798

A General Chart of the Mediteranean with the tracks of the British Fleet Commanded by Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson K.B. and of the French Fleet Commanded by Admiral Bruyes till they met in the Bay of Aboukir off the Nile On the First of August 1798.

DESCRIPTION: Striking, detailed, and unusual aquatint chart of the Mediterranean Sea showing the track of the Royal Navy at the command of Horatio Nelson and the tracks of the Imperial French Navy at the Command of Napoleon I from Europe to Egypt, before and during the Battle of the Nile at Aboukir Bay, in Egypt.

The map includes three oval views:
  • The Rock of Gibraltar from the Spanish Lines.
  • The Devil's Tower.
  • Ceuta Point bearing S by E 3/4 East.
From Willyam's "A Voyage Up the Mediterranean in His Majesty's Ship the Swiftsure" an eye-witness account of the Battle of the Nile in 1798, Admiral Nelson's greatest triumph. The Battle of the Nile is considered by historians to have been Nelson's most complete victory and Willyams' account to be the most authentic. The work contains 43 plate-engravings of sketches he produced of the battle. It was published in London in 1802, soon after the battle.

The Rev. Cooper Willyams (1762 – 1816) was a clergyman and a British artist. Willyams was chaplain on the Boyne in 1793, during England's war with France. In 1796, Willyams returned to London and published "An Account of the Campaign in the West Indies", which included six drawings by Willyams, all rendered in the difficult aquatint technique. Educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Willyams took holy orders in 1784. The son of a navy commander and formerly chaplain to Admiral St. Vincent, Willyams was a veteran of several campaigns, having accompanied the expedition to the West Indies which ended in a British defeat of the French in 1794.The Rev. Willyams was chaplain on the Boyne in 1793, during England's war with France. In 1796, Willyams returned to London and published "An Account of the Campaign in the West Indies", which included six drawings by Willyams, all rendered in the difficult aquatint technique by Samuel Alken

CREATOR: Willyams, Cooper

PUBLICATION DATE: 1802

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Mediterranean

BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean Sea

CONDITION: Good.  Clean. Right and left margins at 1/4". Archivally repaired small marginal tears from verso not impacting the image. Very slight toning at vertical centerfold.

COLORING: None.

ENGRAVER: Unknown

SIZE: 18 " x 8 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 8

PRICE: $325

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