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The artist intended this painting to commemorate a 'very gallant action in the West Indies' on 1st October 1807. At dawn, off the coast of Barbados, a lookout aboard the mail packet 'Windsor Castle' saw the sail of a French privateer the 'Jeune Richard', overhauling them. With no prospect of escape the crew of the 'Windsor Castle' rigged the anti-boarding nets and went to quarters. The privateer closed on her starboard quarter and grappled but the nets prevented the Frenchmen from boarding.
oil on canvas
H 157.5 x W 119.5 cm
National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)