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Nelson was struck by a musket ball fired from the French ‘Redoutable’ at approximately 1.30pm. Mortally wounded, he was rapidly carried below so that the men around him would not lose heart.
Drummond has concentrated on the vertical thrust and strong diagonals created by the figure of the sailor on the right with his back to the viewer and the sailors on the left shown priming the gun. The sails billow and swirl around the smoke to frame the composition and enhance the dramatic effect.
This is one of a number of other variations by Drummond on the same subject (see also BHC0547, BHC0543, BHC0551 and PAF5982) and may relate to his large ‘Death of Nelson’ exhibited at the British Institution in 1807.
oil on canvas
H 72.5 x W 82.5 cm