Engagement of Frigates “Java” & “Constitution” [Plate 3]

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage

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  • About the artist
    Robert Havell senior, son of artist and publisher Daniel Havell, was born in Reading but moved to London as a child. After Robert launched his career, father and son collaborated on illustrations for Henry Salt’s ‘Twenty Four Views Taken in St. Helena’ (1809–10). However, the partnership was short-lived and Robert later established himself at premises in Fitzrovia. He married Lydia Miller Phillips and had a son, Robert junior. Robert junior and his father formed the firm of R. Havell & Son, working on numerous projects including ‘Birds of America’ for John James Audubon. The scale of this project led them to employ 50 additional staff and move to larger premises in Oxford Street. Robert senior died a year after the company expansion.
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  • Details
    Title
    Engagement of Frigates “Java” & “Constitution” [Plate 3]
    Date
    1 January 1814
    Medium
    Coloured engraving and aquatint
    Dimensions
    height: 35.6cm, width: 45.3cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased 1972
    GAC number
    9892