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"HMS NELSON" Attributed to Captain Elliott,1760?-1838.
c. 1816 United Kingdom
Offered by Mitchell Studio Gallery
William Elliott was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and marine painter. The confusion as to which of the Elliott’s in the Royal Navy was the painter has never been satisfactorily resolved. The favorite has been the man who, having been previously in the merchant service, was master’s mate of the Roebuck for four years before passing for lieutenant on the 11th, May 1782. He went on to be promoted to commander in 1790 and captain in 1810 and died in 1838.
If this identification is correct then it is odd that he should have ceased to exhibit in 1791 and that his latest known picture is of Victory off Bastia in 1794. A painting of King George III reviewing the fleet in 1789, signed Lieutenant W Elliott, was exhibited at the Free Society in 1790; he exhibited there again in 1791. Previous to this he had exhibited at the Royal Academy every year from 1784 to 1789.
Elliott gained some repute from his paintings of the naval actions between 1780 and 1790. He first appears as an exhibitor in 1774 at the Free Society of Artists, with 'A Perspective View of the European Factory at Canton in China,' and 'A View of the Green, &co. at Calcutta in Bengal.' At the Royal Academy he first appears as an honorary exhibitor in 1784 with 'A Frigate and Cutter in Chase;' to the same exhibition he subsequently contributed 'The Fleet in Port Royal Harbour, Jamaica, after the Action of 12 June 1781' (1785), 'View of the City of Quebec' (1786), 'Breaking the French Line during Lord Rodney's Action on 12 April 1782' (1787), 'The Fire at Kingston, Jamaica, on 8 Feb. 1782' (1788), 'The Action between HMS Quebec and Le Surveillant' and 'The Action between H.M.S. Serapis and Le Bonhomme' (1789).
Elliott was a fellow of the Incorporated Society of Artists, and contributed seven pictures to their exhibition in 1790, and six to that in 1791, in which year he was president of the society. There are two pictures of the English fleet by him in the royal collection at Hampton Court. Some of his pictures were engraved, including 'The Dreadful Situation of the Halsewell, East Indiaman, 6 Jan. 1786,' which he engraved in aquatint himself.
|Height||23.00 inch||(58.42 cm)|
|Width||36.00 inch||(91.44 cm)|
|External Height||31.00 inch||(78.74 cm)|
|External Width||45.00 inch||(114.30 cm)|
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