Battle of Trafalgar

21 October 1805

The Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) was a sea battle fought between the British Royal Navy and the combined fleets of the French Navy and Spanish Navy, during the War of the Third Coalition of the Napoleonic Wars. The battle was the most decisive British naval victory of the war. Twenty-seven British ships of the line led by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships of the line under French Admiral Pierre Villeneuve, without a single British vessel being lost. Nelson became Britain's greatest naval war hero.

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    Admiral Nelson's flag ship, the "Victory", from which he commanded the battles of Abukir (1798) and Trafalgar (1805) against the French under Napoleon I. Nelson died on the "Victory" during the battle of Trafalgar.


    Cannon-deck of the "Victory", Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship during the battles of Abukir (1798) and Trafalgar (1805) against the French under Napoleon I. Nelson died on the "Victory" during the battle of Trafalgar.


    Portrait of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson (1758-1805). Coloured print, 1798.


    Portrait of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson (1758-1805). Canvas.


    Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 Canvas; 2615 x 3685 mm


    The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory 1806-8 Canvas; 1708 x 2388 mm frame: 2181 x 2860 x 190 mm N00480


    Lady Hamilton as Circe circa 1782 Canvas; 533 x 495 mm N05591 Emma Hart (1765-1815), better known in her later roles as Lady Hamilton and mistress of Admiral Lord Nelson, became Romney's favourite model from about 1782 onwards. Although Romney was considered by many Reynolds's chief rival in portraiture, he always longed to be a 'history' painter. He painted Emma's ideally regular features innumerable times in many classical and fanciful disguises. This is a cut-down unfinished canvas of Emma in the character of the sorceress Circe, who enslaved men by turning them into swine. The original full-length version, showing her surrounded by animals, was formerly in Lord Hunsdon's collection.


    Eruption of vulcano Vesuvius seen from the mole, 20.10.1767, from Campi Phlegraei, 1776.


    Current of lava from vulcano Mt. Vesuvius towards Resna, 11.05.1771, from Campi Phlegraei, 1776.


    Northumberland House on Trafalgar Sqare, London. Oil on canvas (1746)


    Battle of Cape St. Vincent - Admiral Nelson boarding the San Josef and receiving the Spanish Admiral's sword. The naval Battle of Cape St. Vincent took place on February 14, 1797, near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal, between a British fleet and a Spanish fleet and was an important battle during the Wars of the French Revolution.


    Kenneth Mackenzie (Viscount Fortrose), 1st Earl of Seaforth (1744-1781) at home in Naples: concert party. 1770. Canvas, 35.50 x 47.60cm. PG 2611 A private concert is taking place in the Neapolitan apartment of the expatriate, Lord Fortrose. He stands, with his back to us, in the centre of the scene. His friend, Sir William Hamilton, is on his left, and the violinist, Gaetano Pugnani, is on his right. In the left-hand corner, the artist has painted himself, working on this picture. The two keyboard players have been identified as the fourteen-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father, Leopold, who visited Naples in the summer of 1770.