The large oval tole tray with handholds, the
center painted with a complex scene with 22 hands aboard deck,
attending Lord Horatio Nelson on the HMS Victory, off Trafalgar, October 21, 1805;
raised on later ebonized and gilt Regency style
Please note that this is an actual painting, not
It was during the battle with
Napoleon's troops there that a French sniper, firing from the mast
of the Redoutable,
shot Nelson through the shoulder and
chest. As soon as it was clear that he was dying,
he was taken to
When told that 15 enemy ships had
been taken, he replied,
"That is well, but I had
bargained for 20".
Thomas Hardy, his flag captain,
kissed his forehead in farewell, and Nelson spoke his last words,
" Now I am satisfied. Thank
God, I have done my duty".
The battle made Britain
safe from invasion, but Nelson's death racked a country with grief.
A majestic funeral was
given at St. Paul's, while people thronged the streets.
Condition: Losses and corrosion to center and
borders, as typical with early tole;
diagonal bend to tin surface on left side; over-painting to the central
figures and ground;
waxed with crystal wax only for surface
20" H x 30-1/2” W x 24" D