Thomas Whitcombe: ‘Flora’, this oil on canvasThomas Whitcombe: ‘Flora’, this oil on canvas

Thomas Whitcombe: ‘Flora’

£ 12,500.00




Frame 26 ½ inches square
Canvas 18 inches square



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Thomas Whitcombe: ‘Flora’, this oil on canvas shows the action, within a gilt frame with a panel reading ‘British Frigate “Flora”, 36  guns commanded by Captain W. P. Williams, captured the “Nymphe”, 10 Augt 1780. Captured the Castor, 30 May 1781.  Lost the Castor but escaped 19th June 1781. Thos Whitcombe, 1787’.  Signed and dated.  English, 1787.

Footnote:  HMS Flora’s most famous victory was over the French frigate ‘Nymphe’.  She was one of the first eighteen-pounder frigates in the British Navy, with 26 newly installed 18-pounder cannon, in addition to the 8 carronades on her poop deck.  On the 10th she came upon the French ship ‘La Nymphe’’ and battle commenced.  After an hour Flora had the upper hand, when the French captain was injured, but then Nymphe’s fortunes changed by disabling her adversary’s wheel and tiller rope.  Seeing their advantage, the French attempted to board Flora, but were rebuffed by fierce resistance in which the second in command was killed, the third was lost between the hulls and most of the remaining officers were injured.  When a box of cartridges exploded aboard the Frenchman, causing further chaos, Captain Williams seized his chance to turn the tables and sent his own boarders across to the Nymphe.  In no time the enemy colours came down as the ship surrendered.

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