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The day after Trafalgar; the 'Victory' trying to clear the land with the 'Royal Soveriegn' in tow to the 'Euryalus'

PAF5883
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Object ID PAF5883
Description The eighth, but last in order of events, of a series of ten drawings (PAF5871–PAF5874, PAF5876, PAF5880-PAF5881 and PAF5883–PAF5885) of mainly lesser-known incidents in Nelson's career, apparently intended for a set of engravings. This and PAF5881 are exceptions in terms of their subject. Pocock's own numbered description of it in a letter of 2 June 1810 (see below) is: '8. Storm the Day after the Battle the "Victory" under Courses Endev[ourin]g to Clear the Land. The "Royal Sovereign" in Tow by the "Euryalus" &c. &c.' The view is towards the coast of Spain off Cadiz, with the lighthouse at Rota in the centre left distance, and 'Victory' heading towards it in stern view over the tow-line. To the right are disabled enemy ships, including prizes, some being cast away in the post-Trafalgar storm. For the rather complex circumstances of the commissioning of these ten drawings, and Pocock's related letters, see ' View of St Eustatius with the "Boreas"' (PAF5871). PAF0021 is a related pencil drawing by Pocock of the same subject. Signed and dated by the artist in the lower right. Exhibited: NMM Pocock exhib. (1975) no. 54.
Date made 1810

Artist/Maker Pocock, Nicholas
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials watercolour, with pen and black ink
Measurements Sheet: 280 x 377 mm; Mount: 405 mm x 557 mm
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  • The day after Trafalgar; the 'Victory' trying to clear the land with the 'Royal Soveriegn' in tow to the 'Euryalus' (PAF5883)
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