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.)
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 Stanfields 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 [Collingwoods 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 Russetts George Chambers, 1803-1840, His Life and Work, Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge, 1996, pp. 138-39.