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Dioramic model of the Battle of the Saints, 12 April 1782


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ExhibitionsThe Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire, War and Conflict
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Gallery locationAtlantic Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: Rodney, George Brydges
EventsAmerican War of Independence: Battle of the Saints, 1782
Publication(s)The National Maritime Museum - The Collections
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Treasures of the National Maritime Museum
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Object details:

Object ID MDL0011
Description This model of Admiral Rodney’s victory at the Battle of the Saints (1782) after an (engraved) 1783 painting by Richard Paton, with Admiral Sir George Rodney's flagship 'Formidable' on the left and Hood's 'Barfleur' on the right. The model combines false perspective and painting on glass, fitted into a gilded wooden case with concave metal panels painted 'en grisaille' inserted at each end. The design of the case appears to show the influence of P.-J. de Loutherbourg's larger mechanical theatre, the 'Eidophusikon' (1781), as recorded by E. F. Burney's drawing of it (British Museum, London) and, given the likely date proximity, the whole may be a conscious imitation of this in static form. It is believed to have belonged to Rodney himself.
Date made circa 1783

Artist/Maker Paton, Richard
Paton, after Richard
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials gilding; metal; paint; paper; wood; glass
Measurements Overall: 455 x 965 x 200 mm
  • Dioramic model of the Battle of the Saints, 12 April 1782 (MDL0011)
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