ST. LUCIA, West Indies
An original drawing with a Royal Navy warship firing her cannon out to sea, titled 'Pigeon Island from the Town of Gros Islet,' St. Lucia
[St. Lucia: circa 1800]. Pen, ink and wash drawing within an ink-ruled border, titled in the margin beneath in ink in a contemporary hand. Image size: 6 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches; sheet size: 7 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches.
A fine early view recalling St. Lucia's turbulent past.
The view includes a British ship-of-war in the foreground, with Pigeon Island behind, with Fort Rodney topping the smaller of the two peaks. The island was used as a look-out post to keep an eye on the French naval base on Martinique to the north. The image also includes two large ships in the background and these, combined with the fact that the ship in the foreground has just fired a broadside, may mean that this image was intended to act as a record of one of the many encounters that took place before Britain finally took control of St. Lucia in 1814.