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The island of Tenedos, near the entrance to the Dardanelles, from the site of Troy

PAD9391
Captain George Pechell Mends (circa 1814 – 1871)

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Object ID PAD9391
Description This drawing, little more than a sketch, shows vessels at anchor off the site of ancient Troy, probably at sunset, near the entrance to the Dardanelles. The mound on the left is noted as the 'Tomb of Patroclus' - the companion of Achilles in Homer's 'Iliad' - and the point on the right as 'Cape Troy'. Fallen columns appear to lie in the centre with the name 'Tenedos' below, which probably refers to the offlying island beyond the ships, which lies about 20 km to seaward. While this may seem a little hard to believe, Cape Troy itself is rather higher ground than the apparent scale of the drawing may suggest (see PAD9393), and it is only a quick sketch. It was done while the Anglo-French fleet was stationed in Besika Bay, anticipating the need to support Turkey against the Russians in the months before the start of the Crimean War. See also PAI0881 and related drawings made at the same time in Mends's 'Trafalgar' sketchbook.
Date made July - October 1853

Artist/Maker Mends, George Pechell
Mends, George Pechell
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials graphite
Measurements Mount: 119 mm x 277 mm
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  • The island of Tenedos, near the entrance to the Dardanelles, from the site of Troy (PAD9391)
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