The capture of Puerto Bello, 21 November 1739
The capture of Porto Bello (properly Puerto Bello) was part of a campaign known as 'The War of Jenkins' Ear', which was fought against Spain in the West Indian colonies and was in effect an early stage of the War of the Austrian Succession, 1740-1748. In this panoramic view from the south-west of the harbour, the Iron Castle lies in the middle distance. It is shown exchanging fire with the 'Burford', in starboard-quarter view and in the left foreground the 'Strafford', and the 'Princess Louisa', can be seen in starboard-bow view. To the right of the 'Burford', and partially obscured by the smoke of her guns are the remaining three ships, in port-quarter view. Beyond is the Spanish shipping at anchor off Porto Bello in the right background, and the nearer port defence, Gloria Castle, is firing her cannon. The land round the harbour is thickly wooded. Scott's representation of the event, with its distorted perspective, draws on the tradition of bird's-eye-view, 17th century topographical landscape painting.
- Image reference: BHC0354
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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