M.** Thompson (British, 19th. Century) The Battle of Trafalgar 76 x 111.4cm. (29 7/8 x 43 7/8in.)
Lot 161
M.** Thompson (British, 19th. Century) The Battle of Trafalgar 76 x 111.4cm. (29 7/8 x 43 7/8in.)
Sold for £15,600 (US$ 26,707) inc. premium
Lot Details
M.** Thompson (British, 19th. Century)
The Battle of Trafalgar
signed 'M.Thompson' and dated 1844 (lower left)
oil on canvas
76 x 111.4cm. (29 7/8 x 43 7/8in.)

Footnotes

  • This splendid panorama of the battle is essentially an exact copy of the work by George Chambers, Senior (1803-40), painted in 1839 and now held in the National Collection at Greenwich (see Concise Catalogue of Oil Paintings in the National Maritime Museum, Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, 1988, p. 119, no. BHC 0545). The work by Chambers however was itself a copy of the primary original by W. Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867), executed and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1836 and currently owned by the Institute of Directors in London (see N.M.M. Catalogue, p. 372, no. BHC 0544 for another version).

    A tablet on the frame of Stanfield’s original painting states that the scene shows the centre of the action at 2.30pm., about an hour and a half after Nelson was mortally wounded, and also identifies the vessels depicted, from the left, as “Royal Sovereign” [Collingwood’s flagship], “Santa Ana”, “Belleisle” [both wrecks], “Mars”, “Fougeux”, “Temeraire”, “Redoubtable”, “Victory”, “Bucentaure”, “Neptune” and “Santisima Trinidad”.

    The Chambers’ copy, from which the lot offered here is taken, is discussed and illustrated in Alan Russett’s George Chambers, 1803-1840, His Life and Work, Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, 1996, pp. 138-39.
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