Derek George Montague Gardner (British, 1914-2007) Nelson's 'Agamemnon', 64 guns with 'Ca Ira', 80 g
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Derek George Montague Gardner (British, 1914-2007) Nelson's 'Agamemnon', 64 guns, with 'Ca Ira', 80 guns, in tow of Vestale, 36 guns, 13th. March 1795 40.7 x 61cm. (16 x 24in.)
Sold for £20,400 (US$ 34,288) inc. premium
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Derek George Montague Gardner (British, 1914-2007)
Nelson's 'Agamemnon', 64 guns, with 'Ca Ira', 80 guns, in tow of Vestale, 36 guns, 13th. March 1795
signed 'Derek G.M. Gardner' (lower left), inscribed on reverse
oil on canvas
40.7 x 61cm. (16 x 24in.)

Footnotes

  • Exhibited : 'Derek G.M. Gardner', Polak Gallery, 5th. - 24th. May, 1975, no 13.

    Early on the morning of 13th March 1795, after several days of avoidance tactics by the enemy, Vice-Admiral William Hotham’s Mediterranean squadron finally caught up with a French fleet of fifteen sail about twenty miles southwest of Genoa. Commanded by Rear-Admiral Pierre Martin, the French were still reluctant to fight and bore away from Hotham’s ships in a fresh breeze. At 8.00am. the 80-gun ‘Ca Ira’, close to the rear of the French column, collided with the ‘Victoire’ ahead of her and lost her fore and main topmasts. Immediately engaged by the 36-gun British frigate ‘Inconstant’, ‘Ca Ira’ called for assistance and was hurriedly taken in tow by the 36-gun ‘Vestale’ only then to find herself attacked by the 64-gun ‘Agamemnon’ commanded by Captain Horatio Nelson. The combined firepower of the two French ships (116 guns against his 64) proved no deterrent to Nelson who harried ‘Ca Ira’ for fully three-and-a-half hours, only breaking off the action with the greatest reluctance when several French vessels at last came to their consort’s aid.

    ‘Ca Ira’ was subsequently captured during the main battle the following day but not before Nelson’s exploits on the 13th had become the talk of the fleet.
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