Robert Taylor Catalogue

The Battle of Trafalgar

by Robert Taylor

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The Battle of Trafalgar

by Robert Taylor

On 21 October 1805, under command of Admiral Horatio Nelson, 27 ships of the Royal Navy clashed with the combined Franco Spanish force of 33 fighting ships off Cape Trafalgar on the Spanish Coast. It was the most famous battle in naval history. As the French and Spanish ships turned towards Cadiz in a five mile long irregular line, Nelson mounted a daring attack. Commanding from his flagship ‘Victory’, he divided his fleet into two divisions, each in a single column on a course at right angles to his adversary, and drove directly into the centre of the long opposing line, cutting it in two. In a five hour battle 18 of the Franco-Spanish ships were taken; the remaining fled, only 11 reaching Cadiz. No British ships were lost, but Nelson was mortally wounded by a musket shot as his flagship ‘Victory’ closed in furious combat with the French ship ‘Redoubtable’.

Robert Taylor’s magnificent painting shows ‘Victory’ breaking through the enemy line at 1.00pm. A broadside has crippled Admiral Villeneuve’s French flagship ‘Bucentaure’, seen off ‘Victory’s’ port side, while Nelson’s gunners fire a second broadside into the ‘Santisima Trinidad’. note: the above maps are for the purpose of explaining the battle and are not prints for sale.)

Just astern, the ‘Temeraire’ manoeuvres to trap the ‘Redoubtable’ between herself and ‘Victory’, and thus seal her fate. As ‘Victory’ and ‘Redoubtable’ crashed together, their yards locked, French marines in the rigging threw grenades and fired down on ‘Victory’s’ decks. Admiral Nelson took a musket ball through his shoulder, smashing his spine. Taken below, Nelson survived long enough to be told by Captain Hardy the battle was won. “Thank God I have done my duty” were his last words. Admiral Horatio Nelson, the most famous naval commander in history, died at 4.30pm on that October day, two hundred years ago. Nelson had thwarted Napoleon’s plans to invade Britain, and gave the British Navy supremacy of the high seas that remained unchallenged for one hundred years.

Robert Taylor’s painting is a contemporary masterpiece, regarded by many to be the finest, and most accurate account of this famous sea battle painted in modern times.


Overall print size: 32½"x 23½"

Signed by Robert Taylor

Edition size

550 Signed and Numbered

25 Artist Proofs

25 Original Pencil Remarque - please contact us for availability of remarque

The Trafalgar Memorial Edition

In the footsteps of Horatio Nelson. A truly unrivalled opportunity for collectors to aquire a rare artefact of the greatest historic significance

A single section of PURE ENGLISH OAK, removed during the restoration of HMS Victory, has been beautifully encased within a conservation double matte, to give collectors a unique chance of aquiring part of the Royal Navy's most famous warship, over whose timbers history was made. To guarantee the authenticity of these rare historical items, each is issued with an Official Certificate of Provenance endorsed by the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth.

Edition size This item has to be flat packed and due to the weight we are only able to send within the UK. Collectors from outside the UK who wish to purchase a copy, please contact us.

200 Trafalgar Edition

25 Trafalgar Edition Publisher Proofs


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