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GIBB, W. (c.1896) Folio,
"Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Plate:           Sword and Relics of Admiral Viscount Duncan

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000460
GIBB, W. (c.1896), British, Folio, "Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000460
GIBB, W. (c.1896), British, Folio, "Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Artist:           William Gibb (c.1896), Edinburgh, Scotland

Plate:           Sword and Relics of Admiral Viscount Duncan

Folio:         Naval and Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes”

Printer:        Imprimerie Lemercier et cie

Publisher:    John C. Nimmo, London, England

Edition:        First Edition

Published:   1896, this plate is the first of nine monthly parts of an excellent work designed by Mr. William Gibb, of Edinburgh, England, of whom was a Master Illustrator and Chromolithographer within the publishing industry. This work is a prime example of Mr. Gibb to set out the Navel and Military Glory of England by a serious of water-colour drawings to which the appended descriptive notes were by Mr. Richard R. Holmesą.  The induction within the Folio was by Viscount Wolseley.

Edition:        Plate 1 of 36

Date:            1896 (Acquired in 1978)

Medium:     Chromolithograph Plate, printed by Lemercier in Paris, heightened with Arabic gum.

Materials:     Water Color on Beige Pager;

Markings:     Signed. Lower Right Corner “W. Gibb”;

Dimensions: 16" x 12"

Framed:       Yes, this item has remained within a decoratively matted, original frame since acquired by Mr. Prince

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000460

Provenance:  Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal Prince

James Papalia Gallery, Clifton, New Jersey

James Papalia (Dealer) for Marshall Fields & Company

Footnote:             THE LITERARY WORLD – BOOK REVIEWS, Page 44, Vol. 54, From the July to December 1896 Edition, James Clarke & Company, Publishers, 13 & 14 Fleet Street, E.C., London, England

Footnote:             This item is part of Mr. Prince's Chromolithograph Collection.





The disastrous collapse of the French Expedition to Ireland under Hoche in the winter of 1796-1797, thwarted more by the elements than by the British Navy, did not prevent the renewal of the attempt by Napoleon and his advisers to strike a blow at the power of England by a landing of French troops to co-operate with the Irish rebels. Thirty thousand men were gathered at the Texel in the summer of 1797 for the invasion, under convoy of the Dutch Navy. The mutiny in the British fleet, combined with the cessation of hostilities on the Continent, rendered the period chosen for this attempt seemingly the most propitious, but again the elements prevented the passage of the fleet and convoy to sea, till it was judged by the naval authorities that the season was too far advanced for the operations to be carried out with success. In opposition, however, to the opinion of their Admiral de Winter, the Dutch Government, for political reasons, ordered him in the early days of October to put to sea. Duncan, who had been enforcing a rigid blockade of the coast, was at the time at Yarmouth revictualling, having left a small squadron to watch the movements of the Dutch. On the early morning of the 9th of October the Active cutter appeared, with the signal flying for an enemy. Before noon the Admiral, with nine ships of the line, was steering a course for the mouth of the Texel. He was joined the same day by the Powerful and Agincourt, and on the next day the Russell, Adamant and Beaulieu, who had been watching the Dutch fleet, were sighted, with the signal flying for “an enemy to leeward.” Shortly before noon, on the 11th, the British bore down on the Dutch fleet, about seven miles from the shore, and nearly halfway between the villages of Egmont and Camperdown. The British Admiral made the signal to break the enemy’s line and engage to leeward, in order to cut off the possibility of their retreat by getting between them and the land. The moment was critical, as the British line was not formed, and the commanders of the British ships had some difficulty in finding where to place themselves. The movement, however, was successful. The engagement was long and bloody, for the two fleets were evenly matched in numbers and in men and guns. The Venerable, the flagship of the British Admiral, ranged up close under the lee of her principal antagonist, the Vryheid, carrying the flag of Admiral de Winter. The gallant vessel, which was also engaged by the Triumph, Ardent and Director, having all her three masts shot away, at length struck her colors, and on the deck of the Venerable Admiral Duncan received the sword of the gallant De Winter. Of twenty-one ships of the Dutch fleet, with which were nine frigates and six smaller craft, eight ships and two frigates were captured; the remainder bore away from the Texel, whither it was impossible to pursue them on account of the proximity of the land. The news of the victory was received in England with the utmost enthusiasm. The nation felt that the mutinies of the summer had destroyed neither the power nor the prestige of the British Navy. The commander was raised to the Peerage as Baron Duncan of Lundie and Viscount Duncan of Camperdown, a reward hardly adequate, considering the service he had rendered to his country; and it was not till 1831, eighteen years after his death, that his son was raised to the dignity of an Earl. Viscount Duncan, whose name, writes Nelson, “will never be forget by Britain,” died suddenly in 1804. The watch represented in the plate was taken from under his pillow and has never since been wound up. The Swords are those of the Admiral and of De Winter. The double Gold Ring was worn by him to support his little finger, broken when he went out to defend President Dundas’s house during the “Dundas riot” in Edinburgh. The Cross of the Order of St. Alexander Newski was conferred upon the Admiral by the Emperor Alexander of Russia.

From the Collection of the Earl of Camperdown.





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