Destruction of the 'Droits de l'Homme', 13 January 1797
In the left centre of the picture the 'Droits de l'Homme' is shown running in a heavy sea, while astern of her the 'Indefatigable' is raking her. In the right background the 'Amazon' is coming up under a press of sail, so this scene shows the fight in its earliest stage. The painting was probably copied from the aquatint by Edward Duncan after W.J. Huggins. It is signed 'E.Colls' and is one of a pair. The second, purporting to show the stranded 'Droits de l'Homme' with the 'Indefatigable' clawing off was taken from a Nicholas Pocock painting of another scene altogether showing the 'Endymion' rescuing a French ship on the Spanish coast about 1803.
- Image reference: BHC0482
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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