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The 'Pitt' engaging the 'St Louis', 29 September 1758

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: French Navy
Depiction: Honourable East India Company
Historical Association: Wilson, William
VesselsPitt 1757, St Louis fl.1758

Object details:

Object ID BHC0385
Description The action between the English East Indiaman the ‘Pitt’ and French ship ‘St Louis’ was a minor event which occurred off Fort St David, near Pondicherry. When Commodore Wilson, the captain of the ‘Pitt’ tried to engage the ‘St Louis’ in blowy weather he was unable to operate his lower tier of guns. So he was forced to break off the engagement after a brief exchange and escaped by out-sailing the Frenchman. The painting shows the two ships firing into each other, with the ‘Pitt’ on the left. The painting is inscribed ‘Commodore Wilson of the ‘Pitt’ engaging the ‘St Louis’ French ship of the line belonging to the Squadron of Monsieur de Ache on the 28th Septem 1759’, although the date written is incorrect.
Date made 18th century

Artist/Maker Dunn, Lawson
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 962 mm x 1216 mm x 48 mm; Painting: 815 mm x 1015 mm
  • The 'Pitt' engaging the 'St Louis', 29 September 1758 (BHC0385)
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