His Majesty's Ship The Victory, a First Rate, Carrying 116 Guns, and 960 Men, Sailing by Dover for the Downs
Engraving from a copper plate, with original hand colouring
Printed and sold by Carington Bowles, St Paul's Churchyard, London, 1781
Contained within an antique bird's-eye maple frame
Overall size including frame: 46.3 x 60.6 cm
A scarce engraving dated 1781, published just 16 years after her launch and depicting her sailing past the white cliffs of Dover. Victory was launched in 1765, though only received her first commission in 1778 when she took part in the Battle of Ushant against the French. She was slightly damaged during the battle, and after repair her appearance changed significantly. She flies the Union Jack and is fully manned, with her guns ready for battle. Her exploits at Trafalgar were still 25 years in the future.