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John Michael Groves (b.1937)
John Michael Groves (b.1937)

The battle of Trafalgar, 21st October 1805

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John Michael Groves (b.1937)
The battle of Trafalgar, 21st October 1805
inscribed and dated 'SKETCH FOR TRAFALGAR OIL/John Groves' (lower left)
mixed media, on paper
14 x 23 in. (35.5 x 58.4 cm.)

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This study shows the action at 12.55 p.m. Seen from left to right are the Spanish ship San Leandro, Téméraire firing into the stern of Admiral Villeneuve's flagship Bucentaure which has just received the devastating broadsides of Victory. Victory has lost her mizzen topmast and is flying the flag of the Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson at the fore and the signal for close action at the main. She is engaging Rédoutable. Then Neptune firing her one and only broadside into the bow of Victory and finally, the Spanish ship San Justo.
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