HMS 'Britannia' and Units of the Fleet off Spithead, Hampshire

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This painting, or another version of it, may have been the one that Ward exhibited at the RA in 1847 as 'Vessels of war at Spithead'. The dimensions (65 x 95 ins) differ from the 67 X 97 ins of the canvas of the same composition lent by a private owner to the John Ward exhibition at Hull in 1981 (no. 55) and which Arthur Credland's catalogue entry then identified as the 1847 RA exhibit. He also stated it was the largest picture Ward ever painted and identified the 120-gun 'Britannia' as the principal ship depicted. Records at Hull are currently inaccessible to resolve whether this is a second version or the 1981 exhibit and, if the latter, how its provenance is now noted as 'untraced find'.

Hull Maritime Museum

Kingston upon Hull


HMS 'Britannia' and Units of the Fleet off Spithead, Hampshire




oil on canvas


H 165 x W 241 cm

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untraced find

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