Battle of Camperdown mid-1830s


Admiral Adam Duncan's victory over the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797 was crucial in Britain's struggle against Napolean. Horatio Nelson's subsequent string of victories, culminating in Trafalgar in 1805, soon overshadowed Duncan's achievement and this neglect was felt by his family. When the former sailor and friend of Duncan, the Duke of Clarence, ascended to the throne as King William IV in 1830, there was fresh impetus to commemorate Camperdown. This painting may have been commissioned at that time by the Admiral's eldest son, the newly created Earl of Camperdown.

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  • Acc. No. PG 2966
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 62.00 x 120.50 cm
  • Credit Acquired from the Countess of Buckinghamshire's Trust 1995