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Design for one of the titles to 'Nelson's Victories', celebrating the Battle of the Nile; bust of Nelson on a monument on which is a relief of a river god surmounting a sphinx and in front of which the British Lion is striking the Gallic Cock, among a debris of anchors, cannons, sails, etc., with a ship exploding behind, and a column of naval trophies on right.
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over graphite
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Height: 511 millimetres
Width: 380 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The following entry is taken from David Bindman, Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and French Revolution, no. 188, exhibition, BM, 1989
Literature: Binyon 1902, III, p.69; Joppien 1973, no.67
Clearly a finished drawing for a patriotic publication celebrating British naval victories, of which the Battle of the Nile of 1 August 1798 was the most decisive before the end of the century, resulting in the loss of eleven French warships. This victory surpassed in importance even Howe's victory of 1 June 1794 (see 1859,0709.1577) and virtually cut off Bonaparte's new possession of Egypt from France. The battle made Nelson a national hero and led to a flood of commemorative souvenirs, a large display of which can be seen in the National Maritime Museum. Loutherbourg made himself a specialist in the heroic depiction of British naval victories, and the great number of rival versions of each of his compositions testifies to his success. Here Nelson's victory is seen in terms of a British lion crushing the inflated pretentions of a French cock. For a companion drawings see 1880,0214.304.
Possibly the drawing Landseer was proposing to engrave, see 1902,0325.95?
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1969 BM, Royal Academy Draughtsmen 1769-1969, no.256
1974 Jun-Aug, London, Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood, de Loutherbourg, no. 67
1989 May-Sep, BM, Shadow of Guillotine: Britain/French Revolution, no.188
1990 Jan-Mar, Manchester, Whitworth, Britain/French Revolution, no.153
1990 Jun-Sep, Vizille, Mus/Rev Francaise, Britain/French Revolution, no.153
1998 Mar-Jun, Berlin, Deutscheshistorisches Museum, Myths of Nations
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- Associated Event: Battle of the Nile
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