Battle series from Tim Thompson
We have just received a set of four paintings
executed by master painter Tim Thompson,depicting the critical events of Admiral Nelson’s victory over Napoleon’s French fleet in 1798.
Each painting is 20 x 40″ and rendered with exquisite detail and a level of historical accuracy that has helped establish Thompson’s reputation as a leading marine painter.
read on to view all four paintings..
no. 1 – “The Approach”
no. 1 “The Approach”
This is Admiral Nelson’s first great battle, as he took out the French fleet during Napoleon’s expedition to conquer Egypt. The British fleet of 14 ships came upon the French the evening of August 1st, 1798. French Admiral Brueys ordered his fleet to anchor parallel to the shore in anticipation of battle the next morning. While the French were lackadaisically preparing for war, British Captain Foley of the ‘Goliath’ judged a gap between the leading French ship and the shore as passable, and slipped behind the French line. (seen here)
no. 2 – “Goliath’s Broadside”
no. 2 “Goliath’s Broadside”
Admiral Nelson trusted his captains, and allowed them to act upon their own initiative. Part of the British fleet followed the ‘Goliath’ risking hitting the nearby reef and shoals. The British ships attacked the French from both sides, dismantling the ships practically one by one. Due to the wind coming from the North, the anchored French ships could not sail upwind to provide support.
no. 3 – “The Landward Side”
no. 3 “The Landward Side”
The battle was a decisive victory, establishing the British Navy as the dominant sea power. The French losses have been estimated as high as 1,700 dead and 3,000 captured. British loses were 218 dead.
no. 4 – “L’Orient’s Death Throws”
no. 4 “L’Orient’s Death Throes”
The dramatic fourth and final scene shows the French flagship ‘Orient’ ablaze in the night. The ship would famously explode in spectacular fashion after the fire reached her gunpowder magazine. ’Orient’ was the jewel of the French fleet, she carried Napoleon to Egypt. Only 100 survived the blast of the 214 foot battleship who carried a crew of over 1000, and had 118 cannons.