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Watercolour - H.M.S. Victory off N. Africa
  • H.M.S. Victory off N. Africa
    Pocock, Nicholas, born 1741 - died 1821
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H.M.S. Victory off N. Africa

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    North Africa (painted)

  • Date:

    1806 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pocock, Nicholas, born 1741 - died 1821 (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, with inscriptions on separate sheet of laid paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    SD.811

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 86, shelf SC, box 30

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

North Africa (painted)

Date

1806 (painted)

Artist/maker

Pocock, Nicholas, born 1741 - died 1821 (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, with inscriptions on separate sheet of laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with title, signed (or inscribed) and dated H.M, 1806.

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm, Width: 41.6 cm

Historical context note

See Searight Archive for suggestions that the artist might be either Hugh MacDonell, who visited North Africa in 1810, and succeeded Branckley as Consul-General in 1812, or the Revd C. Willyams, and for a list of HM ships calling at Algiers, 1806-12.
After the battle of Trafalgar, Victory was in Gibraltar, at the end of 1805 or early in 1806, before going to Chatham for refitting. This allows for the possibility of the vessel being off North Africa in 1806, as the inscriptions suggest, although she would be in a battered state, which is not apparent in the watercolour. (Information from the National Maritime Museum.).

Descriptive line

Watercolour, H.M.S. Victory off N.Africa, 1806, in the manner of Nicholas Pocock

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

H.M.S. Victory

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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