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De Toulouse was sighted a few miles east of Gibraltar on 9 August and both fleets joined battle off Malaga four days later. The action developed into a hard cannonading duel, lasting many hours but devoid of decisive result. Although neither fleet lost a ship many were badly damaged and casualties were extremely heavy. Next day de Toulouse made no attempt to renew the action and Rooke got into Gibraltar unchallenged to repair damage. Then, having reinforced the garrison, he took the main body of the fleet home, leaving a small squadron under Sir John Leake to winter at Lisbon. Although a drawn battle, Malaga had real strategic significance. The Franco-Spanish attempt to recapture Gibraltar had failed and the Allies were not challenged again at sea for the rest of the war.
Monamy is known to have painted several versions of this Battle
|Height||32.40 cm||(12.76 inches)|
|Width||43.90 cm||(17.28 inches)|