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Thomas Whitcombe
THE BATTLE OF THE SAINTS, 12 APRIL 1782; THE VICTORY OF ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE RODNEY'S FLAGSHIP 'THE FORMIDABLE' AGAINST THE FRENCH FLAGSHIP 'VILLE DE PARIS' 
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Thomas Whitcombe
THE BATTLE OF THE SAINTS, 12 APRIL 1782; THE VICTORY OF ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE RODNEY'S FLAGSHIP 'THE FORMIDABLE' AGAINST THE FRENCH FLAGSHIP 'VILLE DE PARIS' 
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Thomas Whitcombe
LONDON CIRCA 1752 - CIRCA 1824
THE BATTLE OF THE SAINTS, 12 APRIL 1782; THE VICTORY OF ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE RODNEY'S FLAGSHIP 'THE FORMIDABLE' AGAINST THE FRENCH FLAGSHIP 'VILLE DE PARIS' 
signed and dated lower right: ThoWhitcombe/ 1783
oil on canvas
73.1 x 123.2 cm.; 28 3/4  x 48 1/2  in.
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Provenance

Lord and Lady Gretton, Stapleford Park, Leicestershire;
With Richard Green, London, by 2001;
From whom acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

Thomas Whitcombe was a prolific marine artist, though little is known about the details of his life. He exhibited at the Royal Academy most years between 1783 and 1824 and was one of the preeminent recorders of ships and sea battles of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.  Here we are presented with the final sea battle of the War of American Independence, 1775–83, which was fought between the British West Indies fleet commanded by Admiral Sir George Rodney and his French counterpart, Vice-Admiral the Comte de Grasse. Rodney ultimately won the battle by employing his novel tactic of 'breaking the line', which was subsequently adopted in the Navy as a desirable addition to fighting instructions, and which he is still remembered for to this day.

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