His Majesty's ship "Victory", Capt. E. Harvey, in the memorable battle of Trafalgar, between two French ships of the line

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Acquired in 1888 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Constable, John (RA)
attributions_note
bibliography
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 56-57. The following is an extract from the full text of the entry: The drawing was exhibited with this title as No. 787 in the Royal Academy, 1806. Leslie (L. ed. S., p. 25) says "This subject was suggested to him by hearing an account of the battle from a Suffolk man, who had been on Nelson's ship". Farington (Greig, Vol. III, p. 181) noted on 10 April 1806 "Constable called. He had sent a picture of Ld. Nelson's engagement to the Exhibition". In making the drawing Constable made use of the group of sketches of men-of-war etc. he had made in the Medway in 1803, of which Nos 41-50 form part. A broadside view of H. M. S. Victory dated 18 April 1803, and from the collection of Capt. C. Constable is reproduced in Laird Clowes's The Royal Navy, a history, Vol. V. p. 25. It is one of the series of drawings described in the note on Nos. 41-50. That No. 65 is much faded is evident from a band of darker pigment, at the top and right; but it is probable that it was always low in tone and reflected the influence if Girtin, as do the Lake District sketches of this year. This was the last attempt Constable made to paint a sea-battle. On 2 July 1824, he noted in his diary "There comes a letter from the Gallery [the British Institution], to offer prizes for the best sketches and pictures of the Battles of the Nile and Trafalgar; it does not concern me much" (L. ed. S., p. 168).
collection_code
PDP
credit
Given by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist
date_end
1806-12-31
date_start
1806-01-01
date_text
1806 (made)
descriptive_line
Watercolour, 'His Majesty's ship "Victory", Capt. E. Harvey, in the memorable battle of Trafalgar, between two French ships of the line' by Constable.
dimensions
Height: 51.8 cm, Width: 73.3 cm
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event_text
exhibition_history
John Constable, selected by Lucian Freud (Grand Palais 10/10/2002-13/01/2003)
gallery
Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS
historical_context_note
'Constable's only exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1806 was No. 65 [169-1888]. In June he was at East Bergholt, as is attested by Nos. 66 and 67 [224-1888 and 346-1888]. In the autumn he paid a visit of some two months to the Lake District and made many drawings, among them Nos. 72-94 [794-1888, 348-1888, 192-1888, 812-1888, 170-1888, 185-1888, 188-1888, 184-1888, 187-1888, 178-1888, 179-1888, 177-1888, 193-1888, 183-1888, 1256-1888, 596-1888, 181-1888, 182-1888, 1257-1888, 811-1888, 349-1888]. G Reynolds, 1973, p. 56
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821
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2014-08-29T19:22:13.000Z
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2014-08-29T19:22:13.000Z
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52.883289
location
Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 98, box R
longitude
-1.97685
marks
J WHATMAN | 1804
materials
materials_techniques
Watercolour
museum_number
169-1888
museum_number_token
1691888
object_number
O126155
object_type
Watercolour
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1
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physical_description
place
England
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3
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VA
slug
his-majestys-ship-victory-capt-watercolour-constable-john-ra
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2014-08-15T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
His Majesty's ship "Victory", Capt. E. Harvey, in the memorable battle of Trafalgar, between two French ships of the line
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year_end
1806
year_start
1806