This scene depicts the Battle of the Saints, off Guadeloupe on 12 April 1782 between Lord Rodney and the French Amiral de Grasse. It is copied from an engraving by Robert Dodd published in March 1783. One of the ships in the British fleet has been identified as the St. Albans, and this ship also appears on plates, see Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p. 49, fig. 2.39. D. S. Howard believes that this punch bowl together with the service were probably made for the Captain of the St. Albans, Charles Inglis, and would have been ordered by his brother, a director of the East India Company. A bowl with the same scene in a panel was sold Sotheby's London, 27 October 1970, lot 34; this bore a panel on the other side with the inscription: 'A Gift of A Commander of an Indiaman a small but grateful Testimony of Respect to Lord Rodneys Merit and Services'. This bowl is illustrated by Geoffrey A. Godden, Oriental Export Market Porcelain, London, 1979, p. 87, fig. 12, together with a smaller bowl with similar exterior which is in the Victoria and Albert Museum on p. 233, fig. 153.