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The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805: Position of the Fleets at 4.30pm

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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This is a small replica of the painting that Huggins executed for King William IV in 1837. It shows the position of the fleets at 4.30 on the evening of 21 October in a rising gale. Huggins had already done a pair of large paintings of Trafalgar for the King, shown at Exeter Hall in 1834. The prime version of this one, which is chronologically the middle of the three subjects, seems to have been a separate commission. It has now emerged that it is an oil copy, with very slight variations, of a watercolour by Lieutenant Paul Harris Nicolas (1790–1860), who served as a 2nd lieutenant on the 74-gun 'Belleisle' at Trafalgar and was also a younger brother of (Sir) Nicholas Harris Nicolas, later editor of Nelson's dispatches.

National Maritime Museum



after 1837


oil on canvas


H 61 x W 84 cm

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