Action off Cartagena, 28 May 1708
The English painter Samuel Scott (1702-1772) specialised in marine painting and views of London. A strong influence of the art of Willem van de Velde the Younger can be detected, particularly in his early work. This painting refers to Admiral Charles Wager's capture of a Spanish treasure fleet off Cartagena in the West Indies on 28 May 1708. Wager's vessel, the 'Expedition', is shown in the centre attacking the Spanish flagship, the 'San Josef'. The force of the gunfire seems to blow the Spanish vessel apart in a cloud of smoke and flames, reflected on the water. The other two English ships to the right are the 'Kingston' and the 'Portland'. Scott seems to have used a drawing by van de Velde as a model for this composition and the ships are probably also based on older models rather than eyewitness accounts of the event.
- Image reference: BHC0348
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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