The Great Sea Fight off Belle Isle on the 20th Nov.r 1759.....

William Augustus Russel

RUGA004.11

Beautiful sharp engraving of The Great Sea Fight off Belle Isle on the 20th Nov.r 1759 in which the French Fleet under the command of Marshal Conflans was Defeated by the British Fleet commanded by the Hon"ble Sir Edward now Right Hon'ble Lord Hawke

Russel's History of England
Published London, c.1780
Engraving
11.5" x 7.25" plate size
15.25" x 9.5" paper size
Condition: A+

  • Price: $225.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.


    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)