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Arrival of the French Squadron under Admiral Gervais at Spithead (engraving)

Arrival of the French Squadron under Admiral Gervais at Spithead (engraving)


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Arrival of the French Squadron under Admiral Gervais at Spithead (engraving)

1591845 Arrival of the French Squadron under Admiral Gervais at Spithead (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Arrival of the French Squadron under Admiral Gervais at Spithead. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 29 August 1891.
English School (19th Century)); Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection

Media ID 22552674

© Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection / Bridgeman Images

Admiral Gervais French Squadron Hms Camperdown Hms Howe Marceau Marengo Requin Spithead Surcouf


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This engraving titled "Arrival of the French Squadron under Admiral Gervais at Spithead" takes us back to a significant moment in maritime history. Created by an English School artist in the 19th century, this print captures the grandeur and excitement surrounding the arrival of Admiral Gervais and his French Squadron. The scene is set at Spithead, a renowned naval anchorage near Portsmouth, England. The composition showcases a fleet of majestic ships sailing into view, their sails billowing against a picturesque sky. Each vessel represents the might and power of its respective nation's navy. Amongst them are notable vessels such as Surcouf, Requin, HMS Camperdown, Marengo, HMS Howe, Marceau – each proudly displaying their national flags. This gathering symbolizes not only naval prowess but also diplomatic relations between France and Britain during that era. As we delve deeper into this artwork's details, we notice troops lining up on deck alongside armed forces personnel. Their presence suggests that this event was more than just a display of military strength; it may have also served as an opportunity for royalty or high-ranking officials to witness these remarkable ships firsthand. With its intricate detailing and historical significance, this engraving offers viewers an immersive experience into a pivotal moment in naval history when two great powers converged at Spithead. It serves as both a testament to human ingenuity in shipbuilding and an enduring reminder of the complex relationships between nations during times of peace or conflict.

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