This painting is a version of Maclise’s fresco in the House of Lords, commissioned as part of a scheme to redecorate the Houses of Parliament in the mid-19th century. Maclise captures the moment of Nelson’s fatal injury aboard the quarter deck of The Victory. The bullet which struck him came from The Redoubtable, seen tangled in the English rigging in the background of the painting. Nelson is lying in the centre of this panoramic composition, propped in the arms of his favourite, Captain Hardy. Other figures near Nelson include Dr Beattie, Lieutenant Ram, Captain Adair and Sergeant Secker. Surrounding these men are a multitude of other characters all locked in their own drama. Maclise researched the subject carefully. He spoke to survivors from the Battle of Trafalgar and included redundant naval equipment to make his painting as authentic as possible.