The capture of the 'Guillaume Tell', 31 March 1800

The second of a pair of drawings (PAF5878–PAF5879) of which the first (PAF5878) shows the start of this action. This drawing shows the end, with the completely dismasted and surrendered 'Guillaume Tell' in the centre, under the guns of Berry's 'Foudroyant' to the right, and the 'Lion' far right. The frigate 'Penelope' is in the distance on the left. The 'Guillaume Tell' was one of only two major French ships that escaped destruction or capture at the Battle of the Nile, taking eventual refuge in French-held Malta. She was captured when she attempted to escape eighteen months later. Pocock's preliminary pencil sketch for this drawing is PAD8765. Signed and dated by the artist in the lower right. Purchased from Mrs K. E. Maunsell, 1953, and formerly in the Berry Collection. Exh: NMM Pocock exhib. (1975) no. 27.

Object Details

ID: PAF5879
Collection: Fine art; Special collections
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Pocock, Nicholas
Events: French Revolutionary Wars: Capture of the Guillaume Tell, 1800
Vessels: Guillaume Tell (1795)
Date made: 1802?
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 317 x 470 mm; Mount: 405 mm x 557 mm

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