handkerchief, snuff

Linen fabric printed in red with an oval portrait of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) within a laurel wreath. The portrait, based on that by L. F. Abbott, is inscribed 'NELSON' and has Britannia above right, crowning it with a laurel wreath, while Fame blows a trumpet on the left. These figures hold swags of a banner inscribed with Nelson's famous Trafalgar signal ('England expects...etc'), the outer ends supported by putti. Below, the leading four ships in each of the two-column British attack formation are shown, in stern view, approaching the enemy line in the distance. A numbered key identifies these and their commanders:

Left (windward line): (1) Victory- Lord Nelson, (2) Temeraire - Capt. E. Harvey, (3) Neptune -T. F. Freemantle [sic] (4) Conqueror - I. Pellew. Right (leeward line): (5) Royal Sovereign - Adml C. Collingwood, (6) Mars - Capt. G. Duff, (7) Belleisle - W. Hargood, (8)Tonant [sic] - C. Tyer. In the centre of the enemy line the enemy flagships 'Santissima Trinidad' and 'Bucentaure' are also named below the legend ' FRENCH AND SPANISH COMBINED FLEETS'.

Object Details

ID: TXT0266
Collection: Textiles
Type: handkerchief, snuff
Display location: Display - Nelson, Navy, Nation Gallery
Creator: Unknown
Events: Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
Date made: circa 1805
People: Nelson, Horatio
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 505 x 575 mm

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