The Battle of Dogger Bank, 5 August 1781

The British artist Thomas Luny (1758-1837) is best known for his marine paintings, which, though often sombre, show great skill in technique and execution. The action referred to in this painting is a confrontation between a British convoy homeward bound from the Baltic and a Dutch convoy. The British commander Hyde Parker ordered the British merchantmen to continue their voyage home, whilst he ran down on the Dutch with his battle-ships.

In the centre of the picture is the Dutch flagship, the ‘Admiral de Ruijter’, surrounded by British and Dutch ships. The artist has focused the spectator’s attention to the middle ground using the reflection of light on the surface of the water, keeping the foreground and the sides of the composition in the shade created by clouds in the sky. He thereby gives the image a sense of spatial depth.

Object Details

ID: BHC0434
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Luny, Thomas
Events: American War of Independence: Battle of Doggerbank, 1781
Vessels: Berwick (1775); Preston (1757)
Date made: 1781
People: Royal Navy; Netherlands: Navy
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Frame: 658 mm x 1006 mm x 95 mm;Painting: 546 mm x 863 mm

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