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Nelson Engraving - Victors of the Nile, 1803
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Nelson Engraving - Victors of the Nile, 1803

Measurements: Overall:64cm (25in) x 89cm (35in)

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Nelson Engraving - Victors of the Nile, 1803

Hand coloured line engraving celebrating the victory over the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile on 1 August 1798; comprising a portrait of Admiral Lord Nelson on a palm tree held by the figure of winged victory bearing fanfare trumpets, set against a background of British warships and the pyramids enveloped by gun smoke. At the base of the palm tree a figure representing of the Nile holds a cornucopia of abundance and reclines on an upturned urn spewing forth life-giving waters. The whole over a laurel bound panel set with fifteen cameo portraits of Nelson’s captains: Thomas Foley, Samuel Hood, Sir James Saumarez, David Gould, Ralph Miller, Sir Edward Berry, Thomas Louis, John Peyton, Henry Darby, George Westcott (killed in the battle), Thomas Thompson, Alexander Ball, Benjamin Hallowell, Thomas Troubridge and Thomas Hardy. In recognition of his victory Nelson was made Baron Nelson of the Nile, and adopted the motto ‘Palmam qui meruit ferat’ (Let he who has earned it bear the Palm).  Engraved by William Bromley, and by John George Landseer, and by William Satchwell Leney (Lenney). Published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke in 1803.

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