An English Vice-Admiral of the Red and His Squadron at Sea

Image credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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The warship on the left is flying the plain red flag of a vice-admiral of the Red Squadron. Although the identity of the flagship is uncertain, it is possible that she is the 'Boyne' when she was Admiral Byng's flagship on his return to England in 1748. To the right is a ketch-rigged bomb-vessel, the masts set well back to provide space and a clear field of fire for the two mortars. There are a variety of naval craft present, with a coastline to the right. The sea is fresh and dark in the foreground, the wind is up, and the scene is framed to the top left and right by dark clouds. The artist painted three different versions of this subject, of which this is the smallest. The largest is in The Foundling Hospital, London, and there is another version in the Tate collection.

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An English Vice-Admiral of the Red and His Squadron at Sea




oil on canvas


H 37 x W 57 cm

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