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The Battle of Navarino.

Reinagle, George Philip. Lithograph by Hullmandel after Reinagle. The Scipion. "The Scipion anchored by the Stern and the Dartmouth raking the Turkish line" London Colnaghi & Son, Pall Mall East January 18th 1828
Black & white lithograph Plate 2 from Reinagle's "Illustrations of the Battle of Navarin." Printed on india paper, mounted, verso blank.
The plate focuses on the Scipion:
"The Scipion on entering the harbour ran aboard one of the Brulots and entangled her bowsprit with the rigging of the Brulot's fore and main masts She is represented as just having anchored by the stern; the flames from the fire brig ran in at the bow ports and exploded the cartridges in the men's hands; three times the fire caught several parts of the ship, and nine of her men died of the burns they received in disengaging her bowsprit.
Capt. Sir Thomas Fellowes (of the Dartmouth) sent a boat to her assistance, which, together with one from the Rose, and one from the Philomel, succeeded in towing the Brulot from under her bows _ 2 killed, 36 wounded.
The gallant commander of the Dartmouth anchored in such a position, as to rake the Turkish line; her fore and mizen top-gallant sails were burnt, and she narrowly escaped catching fire from a Brulot, that drifted on her starboard quarter, near enough to be boomed off.
The Dartmouth sunk some small vessels close to the town early in the action. Captain Davies of the rose behaved with great personal bravery, and actually had hold of the main chains of the fire brig( in the act of boarding her) when she blew up.
The Rose afterwards made sail to the assistance of the Armide, and resolutely cast anchor within pistol shot of two Turkish corvettes _ 3 killed, 15 wounde.
Mount Temathia is seen in the background."
Dark impression; some spotting within image ; margins cut short [5-10mm].

George Philip Reinagle RA 1802- 1835.
Marine artist studied with his father Ramsey Reinagle RA. exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1822.

The Battle Of Navarino was fought off the west coast of the Peloponnesus on October 20th 1827 and effectively ended Turkish resistance to Greek independence with the destruction of the Turkish-Egyptian fleet by the British- Russian- French fleet under Vice Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, hero of Trafalgar.
Reinagle witnessed the battle form on board the HMS Mosquito and on his return to London produced the "Illustrations of the Battle of Navarino."published in 1828.

The news of Navarino made Codrington a hero twice over in the eyes of the general British public. But in Whitehall, senior naval and diplomatic echelons were appalled by the outcome of his campaign. It was considered that Codrington had grossly exceeded his instructionse by provoking a showdown with the Ottoman fleet. Initially, official disapproval of Codrington had to be restrained because of the admiral's huge popularity with the public. The Admiralty's revenge took petty form, such as its refusal, despite repeated requests by Codrington, to pay his crews their traditional prize-money from the sale of captured Ottoman treasure and goods. Meanwhile, Wellington was biding his time until he felt it was politically safe to remove Codrington from the Mediterranean theatre. Finally, in June 1828, the Admiralty announced that Codrington was being relieved of his command (although he remained in acting-command until his replacement arrived in August). Although the King felt obliged by public opinion to grant Codrington the high honour of the Grand Cross of the Bath, the Admiralty's failure to give him another operational command in his remaining decade of service or to promote him to full Admiral until shortly before his retirement from the Navy in 1837, were eloquent testimony to his fall from favour.
Blackmer/ Navari;1403 (Italian edition); Blackmer /Sotheby's: 942: Droulia :1591. 256 by 365mm (10 by 14ΒΌ inches).   ref: 1909  €700

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