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The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805: Beginning of the Action

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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In the right foreground is the French ship ‘Bucentaure’ in starboard-bow view, with her mizzen mast and main topgallant mast shot away. In port-bow view and passing astern of her is the British ‘Neptune’, delivering raking fire. Astern of her and only half in the picture is the ‘Leviathan’ port-bow view. In the left foreground the ‘Santissima Trinidad’ is shown in port-bow view. Her main and mizzen masts and fore-topgallant mast are being shot away by the ‘Victory’, which is passing astern of her as she breaks the line.

National Maritime Museum

London


Date

1805–1842

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 57 x W 86.5 cm

Accession number

BHC0553

Work type

Painting


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