London: William Faden, 1788. Aquatint. Image measures 14 x 24.5"
This beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea shows the north side of the Rock of Gibraltar on the right. Published in 1788, the print depicts the area in the aftermath of the Siege of Gibraltar. Although the focal point of the print is ostensibly a puff of smoke arising from the land, the scene's most striking feature is its wide expanse of sky. Here, the technique of aquatint allows for the elegant rendering of subtle clouds above the sparkling sea. The Spanish mainland and a number of ships are visible in the far distance beyond the isthmus. Below the view, an inscription dedicates the print the Duke of Richmond. The print is in good condition with margins in tact. Slight mat burn at plate line and scattered foxing. William Faden (1750-1836) was an 18th century English cartographer and publisher. Faden is best known for his important publication of the North American Atlas, which covered a region of particular interest to him. This rare map provides great insight to a defining battle in American history.