August 3rd – The Final Day

The Battle of the Nile concludes, helping to cement Nelson’s reputation as a hero.

From The Full Wiki – details of the full Battle of the Nile:
On the morning of 3 August, Nelson sent Theseus and Leander to force the surrender of the grounded Tonnant and Timoléon. The Tonnant, its decks crowded with 1,600 survivors from other French vessels, surrendered as the British ships approached while Timoléon was set on fire by her remaining crew who then escaped to the shore in small boats. Timoléon exploded shortly after midday, the eleventh and final French ship of the line destroyed or captured during the battle.

The Battle of the Nile August 1-3, 1798 by William Anderson. A drawing of the west view of the British fleet when victory was complete on 3rd August.  Provenance Possibly presented by the artist, or the publisher George Riley, to George III.  Medium and techniques Watercolour watercolour Measurements 8.9 x 26.7 cm (whole object)

The Battle of the Nile August 1-3, 1798 by William Anderson.
A drawing of the west view of the British fleet when victory was complete on 3rd August.
Provenance
Possibly presented by the artist, or the publisher George Riley, to George III.
Medium and techniques
Watercolour
watercolour
Measurements
8.9 x 26.7 cm (whole object)

Nelson returns on deck after his wound is dressed.

Nelson returns on deck after his wound is dressed.

From Nelson’s Letters and Dispatches:

TO THE CAPTAINS OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIPS OFF THE NILE

[Autograph in the possession of the Dowager Lady de Saumarez.]

Vanguard, August 3rd, 1798.

Gentlemen,

I feel most sensibly the very distinguished honour you have conferred upon me by your Address of this day. My prompt decision was the natural consequence of having such Captains under my command, and I thank God I can say, that in the Battle the conduct of every Officer was equal. I accept, as a particular mark of your esteem, the Sword you have done me the honour to offer, and will direct my Picture to be painted the first opportunity, for the purpose you mention.

I have the honour to [be], Gentlemen,

With the highest respect, your most obliged,

HORATIO NELSON.

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