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The scene in the cockpit of 'Victory' during the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805. The narrative combines the portraiture of the principal figures with an enhanced history painting and shows Lord Nelson's dying moments. He lies propped on pillows, with his shirt ripped open and he draped in a white sheet. The artist evokes neo-classical funerary statuary through his emphasis on Nelson's pallor.
oil on canvas
H 88.5 x W 73 cm
National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)