The Battle of the Glorious First of June, 1794; the 'Defence' under tow by a frigate by Nicholas Pocock

The Battle of the Glorious First of June, 1794; the 'Defence' under tow by a frigate

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The Battle of the Glorious First of June, 1794; the 'Defence' under tow by a frigate

One of Pocock's on-the-spot sketches of the aftermath of the Battle of 1 June 1794, inscribed lower left 'Frigate towing Defence' , the latter being the ship in stern view which, under command of James Gambier, had been totally dismasted in action, primarily with the 'Achille'. In 1811 Pocock was to paint a small oil for Gambier of the engagement (BHC0474). The three-decker on the right in this drawing may be Howe's flagship 'Queen Charlotte'. Pocock appears to have been present at the Battle of the First of June on board the 'Pegasus' (Captain Barlow), one of the frigates in Howe's fleet, which served to repeat his signals during the battle from an observing position to windward. In this he was following the precedent of the elder van de Velde some 140 years earlier, and it is the first instance we know of a professional artist accompanying a fleet with that intention since that time. He subsequently made paintings of the battle, based on the sketches he took on the spot, which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1796 and 1797. One of these, showing the duel between 'Brunswick' and 'Vengeur', is in the Museum's collection (BHC0471).
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Original size: 190 mm x 273 mm

  • Image reference: PU8701

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