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ADMIRAL THE HON. SIR JOSEPH SYDNEY YORKE | The Formidable breaking the line at the Battle of the Saints

ADMIRAL THE HON. SIR JOSEPH SYDNEY YORKE | The Formidable breaking the line at the Battle of the Saints

ADMIRAL THE HON. SIR JOSEPH SYDNEY YORKE | The Formidable breaking the line at the Battle of the Saints

ADMIRAL THE HON. SIR JOSEPH SYDNEY YORKE

London 1768 - 1831 Stokes Bay

The Formidable breaking the line at the Battle of the Saints


Pen and brown ink with grey wash, on laid paper;

signed lower left: JS Yorke. 1792., inscribed on a sheet attached to the backboard with a long inscription

247 by 341 mm (drawing)

405 by 558 mm (mount)


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The medium remains in good condition. The paper is lightly foxed and there is some surface dirt. At the upper edge and the right edge of the sheet, there is an adhesive and remnants of an old mount. The work is sold unframed.


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Sir Bruce Ingram (1877-1963), L. 1405a;

Walter Brandt (1902-1978);

by family descent until the present owner

The Battle of the Saints was a significant naval battle in the Caribbean between the British and the French that took place, during the American Revolutionary War, between 9th and 12th April 1782. 


This work depicts the decisive action when Admiral Sir George Rodney flagship ‘Formidable’ broke through the French line.


Joseph Yorke had joined the British navy aged eleven and he served, as a junior officer, on the Formidable during the battle. He was knighted by George III in 1805 and rose to the rank of 'Admiral of the Blue' in 1830.