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Originally thought to be the Battle of St Vincent, the painting shows the ships scattered after the Battle of Trafalgar. By the evening of 22nd October a full gale was blowing and instead of anchoring the fleet, Vice-Admiral Collingwood took it out to sea. During the night the British lost the prizes, ‘Fougeux’, ‘Redoutable’ and ‘Algeciras’. The storm raged until 27th October, and when it finally subsided only four enemy ships remained in British hands, most having been wrecked on the Spanish coast around Cadiz.
oil on canvas
H 61 x W 89 cm