The Battle of the Glorious First of June, 1794; the 'Queen Charlotte' and 'Queen' after the battle
One of the most striking of Pocock's eyewitness studies of the aftermath of the battle, conveying the vast space over which sea actions occurred, the wide scattering of ships as they progressed, and the difficulties of regrouping afterwards and refitting shattered rigging, even in relatively calm conditions. Inscriptions by the artist identify Howe's flagship 'Queen Charlotte' centre left, without topmasts, and the 'Queen' with only her foremast intact, centre right. The totally dismasted ship on the left may be the 'Defence' in tow to th frigate ahead of her: if so this drawing was possibly done just after PAD8701. 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)
Original size: 180 mm x 317 mm
- Image reference: PU8703
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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