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This is an interpretation of the first major fleet battle of the French Revolutionary War, 1793–1801. The French admiral, Rear-Admiral Louis-Thomas Villaret-Joyeuse, had sailed from Brest to intercept a grain fleet from America, vitally needed in famine-stricken France. The English commander-in-chief, Lord Howe, sailed with the Channel Fleet to intercept the convoy, which neither side encountered.
oil on canvas
H 266.5 x W 373.5 cm
National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)