British Royal Navy fighting slavery off the African Coast, circa 1830


An aquatint showing H. M. Brig “Black Joke” engaging a Spanish slave brig in the Bight of Benin. The print is glazed in a roughly contemporary wooden frame, in country house condition untouched for many years apart from a little damage to the outer edge of the frame in one corner, possibly having been gnawed by a creature. The frame dimensions are 26½ x 22 ins, the outer edges 1½ ins deep. The visible area of the print is 20½ x 16 ins. The legend, dedicated to Francis Augustus Collier, C.B., describes the action: This Plate representing H. M. Brig “Black Joke”, Lt. Henry Downes (Tender to H. M. S. Sybille) engaging the Spanish Slave Brig “El Almirante” in the Bight of Benin, Feby. 1st. 1829 which she captured after a Chase of thirty one Hours and close action of one Hour and twenty Minutes. An evocative marine print. Shipping charges will be extra although it could be collected or delivered within north Gloucestershire or near Hastings in East Sussex.      may10/1

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