This painting represents what was taken for granted as a British victory in the Battle of the Nile in 1798. The battle was fought at night in Abu Qir Bay, near Alexandria. Nelson found the French fleet at anchor and attacked. The climax of the battle came at ten in the evening when the French flagship exploded, the moment shown here. The victory secured British control of the Mediterranean.


  • Title: The Battle of the Nile
  • Creator: Phillip James De Loutherbourg
  • Date Created: 1800
  • Provenance: Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971
  • Physical Dimensions: w214 x h1524 mm
  • Original Title: The Battle of the Nile
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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