Johann Christian Berger - Engagement Between the British and Swedish Fleets, 28th July 1704, oil on
Lot 92
Johann Christian Berger (Swedish, 1803-1871) An Anglo-Swedish skirmish in the Channel in 1704 96.5 x 148.6cm. (38 x 58 1/2in.)
Sold for £35,850 (US$ 58,174) inc. premium

Lot Details
Johann Christian Berger (Swedish, 1803-1871)
An Anglo-Swedish skirmish in the Channel in 1704
signed 'J.Berger' and dated 1857 (lower right)
oil on canvas
96.5 x 148.6cm. (38 x 58 1/2in.)

Footnotes

  • This splendid retrospective depicts an extremely obscure incident in Anglo-Swedish history in 1704 when both nations were at war but not with each other. Whilst England was deeply committed to the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-13), Sweden was equally preoccupied waging her own feud with Russia in the Great Northern War (1700-21) although neither conflict was in any sense connected with the other. On 28th July 1704, a Swedish convoy, under the command of Gustav von Psilander in the 50-gun flagship “Oland”, was attacked by a squadron of nine English ships under the command of Sir William Whetstone off Orfordness, Suffolk. The cause was Psilander’s refusal to salute the colours of the English warships, a perennial problem in British waters during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but after an inconclusive engagement lasting four-and-a-half hours, the two squadrons parted and the Swedes continued on their way without their honour having been compromised.
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