Age of Sail: Painting of Naval Battle – does anybody know anything about this?

17 December, 2009 at 12:49 am 5 comments

Today I bought this painting at a local thrift store. It’s not a print, and the previous owner went to some lengths having it framed. However, it looks familiar to me, so I think it’s a copy somebody made of some well-known painting. It’s very good work, by the way, and I like it a lot, but there are neither a signature nor a date on it.

So, my dear naval experts and Age of Sailers, can you tell me anything about it? Year? Artist? Anything? I’d be very grateful for hints.

Thanks a lot in advance for your help. If you click on the picture below, you’ll get a huge picture which will show you more details.

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  • 1. James Daly  |  25 December, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    you could try contacting the Royal Naval Museum, or the National Maritime Museum. Both of which have sizeable collections of Maritime Art, and even if they can’t help you themselves they should be able to point you in the right direction.

    Nice find, by the way – my guess is that it depicts the explosion of the French Ship L’Orient at the Battle of the Nile.

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    • 2. joyfulmolly  |  26 December, 2009 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks for the tip; I might do that, I just want to do as much research as possible first. I like the painting a lot; it really was a lucky find, the first time I saw anything even remotely like it here in my neck of the woods.

      Absolutely agree that it’s L’Orient and the Battle of the Nile. Googling for paintings with the same motif, I found many with a similar motif. At least something I know about it. 🙂

      Thank you!

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  • 3. Katherine  |  29 December, 2009 at 1:21 am

    It looks very much like Samuel Scott’s painting: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Samuel_Scott_1_.jpg

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    • 4. joyfulmolly  |  30 December, 2009 at 9:13 am

      Thanks a lot for the link, and yes, there are many similarities. Impressive painting! It’s not the “Centurion”, though; Anson’s expedition was earlier. We know that the motif is the Battle of the Nile, so I’ll probably follow the advice of the poster above and contact the NMM one of these days. 🙂

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  • 5. Khemi  |  28 July, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    hia. its Bombardment of Algiers painting

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