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An unfinished painting of the Battle of the Nile. Nelson's decisive victory over the French led to the disintegration of Napoleon's army by isolating it, securing British control of the Mediterranean and ensuring the retaking of Malta from the French. To the right is a close-up of the port-side bow of the French 'La Spartiate', 70 guns. Its main mast split and broke, sending the sailors in the rigging crashing down over the side; they are shown clinging to, or falling off, the mast.
oil on canvas
103.4 x 123.2 cm
National Maritime Museum
Romney Road Greenwich, London, Greater London SE10 9NF EnglandView venue
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