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Collection Textiles, Textiles
Gallery locationNelson, Navy, Nation Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleDepiction: Nelson, Horatio
EventsNapoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805

Object details:

Object ID TXT0266
Description Linen fabric printed in red with an oval portrait of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) within a laurel wreath. The portrait, based on that by L. F. Abbott, is inscribed 'NELSON' and has Britannia above right, crowning it with a laurel wreath, while Fame blows a trumpet on the left. These figures hold swags of a banner inscribed with Nelson's famous Trafalgar signal ('England expects...etc'), the outer ends supported by putti. Below, the leading four ships in each of the two-column British attack formation are shown, in stern view, approaching the enemy line in the distance. A numbered key identifies these and their commanders: Left (windward line): (1) Victory- Lord Nelson, (2) Temeraire - Capt. E. Harvey, (3) Neptune -T. F. Freemantle [sic] (4) Conqueror - I. Pellew. Right (leeward line): (5) Royal Sovereign - Adml C. Collingwood, (6) Mars - Capt. G. Duff, (7) Belleisle - W. Hargood, (8)Tonant [sic] - C. Tyer. In the centre of the enemy line the enemy flagships 'Santissima Trinidad' and 'Bucentaure' are also named below the legend ' FRENCH AND SPANISH COMBINED FLEETS'.
Date made circa 1805

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials linen
Measurements Overall: 505 x 575 mm
  • handkerchief, snuff (TXT0266)
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