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The painting appears to be located off the harbour of Cadiz and shows a French ship in starboard-quarter view, with the top of her masts partly gone with a dismasted Spanish ship in stern view behind, both trying to make the harbour. A British ship is shown in the foreground on the right, in port-bow view with a dismasted Spanish ship in stern view in the distance. In the central foreground part of a sail and mast from a wrecked ship are just visible above the waves and on the left the ships in distress on the coast include a French one sinking. In the far distance ships are also shown safe within the harbour. Buttersworth produced a number of variants of similar subjects but this one may refer to the bold but fruitless post-Trafalgar sortie from Cadiz by a small squadron under Admiral Cosmao-Julien.



early 19th century


Thomas Buttersworth

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