3RD OCTOBER 1804: BRITISH SEIZE OF SPANISH TREASURE CONVOY
A large creamware jug, c.1804, printed in black with figural scenes titled 'The Dons Outwitted or John Bull in Time' and 'John Bull peppering Bonaparte to the Front and Rear', beneath the spout with a warship under sail inscribed 'Britons Never Shall be Slaves', restoration to the spout and rim cracks, 22.8cm.
After the satire of somewhat similar title by Charles Williams, published by Fores on 1st November 1804, the cartoon depicted, together with much speech, refers to the engagement by four British frigates, under the command of Captain Graham Moore, of a Spanish convoy carrying treasure from the New World to France. Although Britain and Spain were not at war Spain had, under the Treaty of St. Ildefonso of 1st October 1800, agreed to help the French. In the ensuing action, one Spanish ship was blown up, the remainder captured and their prized cargo seized. Although the news was received to popular acclaim back in Britain, a consequence of the action was a declaration of war. Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, pls. 510, 586 and 589 and colour plate VIIb.
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