3rd October 1804 British seizure of Spanish Treasure Convoy: a creamware jug printed in black with scenes entitled 'The Dons Outwitted or John Bull in Time' and on the reverse 'John Bull peppering Bonaparte to the Front and Rear', centred by a warship under sail inscribed 'Britons Never Shall be Slaves', 227mm, restoration to spout and rim.
* After the satire of somewhat similar title by Charles Williams, published by Fores on 1st November 1804, this cartoon together with much speech, refers to the engagement by four British frigates under the command of Captain Graham Moore, of a Spanish convoy also of four ships 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. See Drakard, plates 510, 586 and 589 and colour plate VIIb.
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