E.H. Dyason 
Battle of the Malta Convoy, HMS SUCCESS Attacks GENEREUX
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British

Watercolor with Bodycolor on Paper Late 19th Century
26 x 38 inches 32 ¼ x 44 ¼Â inches  Framed
LR: EHD  
   

E.H. Dyason 
 
British
 
Battle of the Malta Convoy, HMS SUCCESS Attacks GENEREUX
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Watercolor with Bodycolor on Paper Late 19th Century
26 x 38 inches 32 ¼ x 44 ¼Â inches  Framed
LR: EHD  
   

Fought during the turbulent naval wars which followed the French Revolution, the Battle of the Malta Convoy took place in what's called the War of the Second Coalition- when combined European powers sought to curb Revolutionary France under Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

This bright and detailed painting depicts a brave maneuver from the Frigate HMS SUCCESS, attacking the much larger French Ship of the Line GENEREUX to deliver several broadsides. The ships are finely painted and realistically depicted at the key moment of the conflict. Cannon fire flashes in bright orange while smoke billows. GENEREUX turns to flee, but she won't escape the approach of Nelson's forces including his flagship FOUDROYANT lurking in the background. While not much is known of the life of artist E.H. Dyason, he clearly had an outstanding knowledge of ships of the period as well as a great understanding of naval conflict in his day.

1798's Battle of the Nile was the culmination of three months fighting across the Mediterranean Sea.  It began with Napoleon himself leading a group of ships filled with 30,000 expeditionary forces bound for Egypt. His aim was to strike at British colonies-  the financial engine of the British Empire, hoping to force Britain out of the French Revolutionary Wars. He was famously pursued and then soundly defeated by a fleet led by Admiral Lord Nelson. However, before Nelson could engage, Napoleon's ships landed on Malta and a quick press of troops led to French control of the island. Napoleon left 3,000 men on the island and sailed for Alexandria. Nelson followed and then laid waste to most of the French Mediterranean Fleet.  

France and Britain would fight over Malta for the next two ... Read More