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"Capt. Gardiner was reported to have told his people before the action: This ship must be taken: she appears above our match, but Englishmen are not to mind that, nor will I quit her while this ship can swim, or I have a soul left alive." See Michael Phillips' site: here. Or here.
Swaine's canvas of the Monmouth's defeat of the Foudroyant is a milestone in English naval action painting. It derives its style exclusively from Monamy, especially in its wonderfully dramatic treatment of the perspective of the action, and resembles the works of van de Velde not at all. It is also a great advance on Monamy's pioneering manner. Its composition is, until someone proves me wrong, entirely original in its disposition of the ships in combat, and it succeeds magnificently in its purpose. See also here for Francis Swaine.
born 1719 ?
born 1725 of course
St Dunstan's 1755; B.Cole sculp
swaine & van de velde
prints after swaine
monamy website index
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