- Thomas Luny
- The Bombardment of Algiers, 27 August 1816
- oil on canvas
- 87cm by 129.5cm
Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Gentleman"), London, Sotheby's, 5 July 2012, lot 278.
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Lord Exmouth set sail from Plymouth on 28 July 1816 with two three-deckers, the Queen Charlotte, with 100 guns, the Impregnable, with 98 guns, as well as three 74-gun ships, one 50-gun ship, four frigates, and nine smaller vessels. At Gibraltar he was joined by a squadron of Dutch frigates under the command of Vice Admiral Theodorus Frederik van Capellen. The fleet reached Algiers on 27 August and, when no answer was given to Lord Exmouth’s demands for the release of prisoners, the order was given to fire. The fire was returned and a fierce action ensued, lasting eight hours. The Algerian batteries were destroyed, along with thirty-three Algerian vessels and much of the town. The result was the release of three thousand European slaves, over a thousand of them British, along with the British Consul. Lord Exmouth returned to England in triumph.