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In the early nineteenth century British ships were still vulnerable to surprise attacks by pirates, who used their knowledge of the sea and local conditions to full advantage. In 1812 HMS ‘Aurora’ was attacked by armed pirates. The scene is shown from a low viewpoint with the fleet of pirate ships entering the composition from the left. This painting forms a pair with 'Attack on HMS 'Aurora' by Pirates, 1812: End of the Action' (BHC1085).
early 19th C
oil on canvas
H 33 x W 54.5 cm