This superb piece is very rare depiction of the engagements between the mighty Spanish Armada and the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. Bordering the main image are portraits of the Naval Commanders from the conflict. This is an original etching created by John Pine in 1739 reproducing an image from a tapestry by C. Lempriere that hung in the United Kingdom's House of Lords. The tapestry was later destroyed in the Great Fire of 1834 making these etchings the only remaining examples of these historic images.
As lettered on the title page accompanying the original set;
"The tapestry hangings of the House of Lords: representing the several engagements between the English and Spanish fleets, in the ever memorable year MDLXXXVIII, with the portraits of the Lord High-Admiral, and the other noble commanders, taken from the life. To which are added, from a book entitled, Expeditionis Hispanorum in Angliam Vera Descriptio, A.D. 1588, done, as is supposed, for the said tapestry to be workd after, ten charts of the sea-coasts of England, and a general one of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Holland, &c. shewing the places of action between the two fleets; ornaments with medals struck upon the occasion, and other suitable devices. Also an historical account of each days action, collected from the most authentic manuscripts and writers. By John Pine, engraver. London, MDCCXXXIX. Sold by J. Pine in Old Bond Street near Picadilly."
John Pine was an English designer, engraver, and cartographer whose achievements were recognized in 1743, when he became Engraver of His Majesty's Signet and Seals, and subsequently Bluemantle Pursulvant of Arms in Ordinary.
|Title||Naval Engagement (from the Tapestry Hanging of the House of Lords, after C Lempriere) Plate II|
|Medium||Engraving in colors|
|Image size||15" x 24"|
|Publisher||John Pine, 1739|
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