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Battle series from Tim Thompson

July 31, 2009

detail from 'no. 4 - L'Orient's Death Throws"

detail from 'no. 4 - L'Orient's Death Throws"

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..

original maritime paintings by Tim Thompson

no. 1 - "Goliath's Broadside"

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 - The Landward Side

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”

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 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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Danielle permalink
    July 30, 2009 8:09 AM

    wow, those are awesome. thompson really is the best huh?
    interesting history too.

  2. Michel Hoff permalink
    June 5, 2010 8:54 AM

    Very nice, I just have readen a historybook about Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt.
    This pic’s makes the story complet!

  3. Owen Hill permalink
    November 25, 2010 9:57 AM

    My Son has a print of ‘Victory’ with Mr. Thompson’s signature and Thompson Marketing raised stamp on the right lower corner. I see the price listed on the web as L 6.75. Is this one worth more than that? How much would you estimate?

    Thank you,
    Owen A. Hill 775-831-8511

    • quidleyandco permalink*
      November 30, 2010 8:54 AM

      Mr. Hill, we represent Tim Thompson’s original oil paintings and do not deal with the sales of his prints. I’m sorry I can’t give you an accurate value on the print, try checking at the following website…

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