The Battle of the Saints, 12 April 1782 – the end of the action

Inscribed: “To Lord Rodney Adml. of the White, Lord Hood, Sir Francis Samuel Drake Bart. Rear Admls of the Blue, Sir Edmund Affleck Bart. Commodore, The several Captains and Officers, This Representation of the glorious, brilliant and decisive Victory, obtained by His Majesty’s Fleet under their Command, over the French Fleet, commanded by the Admiral Count de Grasse, on the 12th April 1782, for which they received the thanks of both Houses of Parliament. As with all due respect inscribed by their most obedient servant, Richard Paton.” English and French armaments and losses are tabulated to either side.

Rodney’s flagship, ‘Formidable’, is shown on the centre left of the picture and Hood’s ‘Barfleur’ on the right.

Paton’s original oil is also in the NMM collection (BHC0443). This print is in turn thought to be the model for the Dioramic Model of the battle the Museum holds (MDL0011).

Stored in mount with PAI6046, which is a hand-coloured duplicate. PAI6047 is the pendant print to this item, showing the key moment earlier in the battle when Rodney broke through the French line of battle.

Object Details

ID: PAI6045
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Fittler, James; Boydell, John Paton, Richard
Events: American War of Independence: Battle of the Saints, 1782
Vessels: Barfleur (1768); Formidable (1777) Ville de Paris (1764)
Date made: 1 May 1783
People: British Fleet; French Fleet
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 521 x 696 mm; Mount: 655 mm x 964 mm

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