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This work is a collaboration between Nicholas Pocock and the shipbuilder James Martin Hilhouse, combining Pocock's painterly skills and Hilhouse's naval engineering knowledge. Pocock enjoyed a successful career as an artist in Bristol and then London, carving out a niche for himself as a painter of ships and sea battles. He admired the Dutch marine painter Willem van de Velde, and the President of the Royal Academy Joshua Reynolds encouraged him to seek out other artists, especially Claude Joseph Vernet. Pocock learnt how to make sophisticated but accurate compositions from Vernet's ability to unite landscape with nautical painting. He was commissioned to paint two large views of the Battle of the Saints of 9th to 12th April 1782 with Hilhouse.
oil on canvas
H 107 x W 168.6 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, 1981