Derek George Montague Gardner (British, 1914-2007) The British brig-sloop Suffisante closing the French brig-corvette Revanche
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Derek George Montague Gardner (British, 1914-2007) The British brig-sloop Suffisante closing the French brig-corvette Revanche after a chase, 27th May 1796
£8,000 - 10,000
US$ 13,000 - 16,000

Lot Details
Derek George Montague Gardner (British, 1914-2007)
The British brig-sloop Suffisante closing the French brig-corvette Revanche after a chase, 27th May 1796
signed 'Derek.G.M/GARDNER' (lower left) and inscribed (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
35.8 x 46cm (14 1/8 x 18 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • The 14-gun French brig-sloop Suffisante was captured off the mouth of the Texel whilst searching for British whalers on 31st August 1795 and assimilated into the Royal Navy under her own name. Pressed into active service immediately, she was cruising off the Lizard early in the morning of 27th May 1796 when a strange sail was sighted to windward. Captain Nicholas Tomlinson at once gave chase and finally cornered his quarry, the 12-gun French privateer Revanche, eleven hours later. Revanche, commanded by the experienced Lieutenant George-Henri Draveman, was attempting to escape into Brest but, after a close engagement of half-an-hour, was forced to strike her colours and surrender. The action itself was fought out on a dangerous lee-shore and Captain Tomlinson was later commended for his fine navigational skills in effecting the capture of this enemy vessel.
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