Horatio Nelson antique print by L. Tallis, London c.1860


Horatio Nelson. Guaranteed original steel-engraved antique print of Admiral Lord Nelson published in London by L. Tallis c1860. Paper size approx 8.5 x  5.5 inches. Very good condition.

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Horatio Nelson antique print.

The following is a blog published on the Reach plc ‘In Your Area Platform on “Trafalgar Day” 2019.

Horatio Nelson was born on 29 September 1758 at Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, the son of an Anglican clergyman.

His naval career began on 1 January 1771, at the age of 12, when he reported as an ordinary seaman to the third-rate HMS Raisonnable under the command of his uncle, Captain Maurice Suckling.

At the age of twenty, Horation Nelson was given command of his first ship, the frigate HMS Hinchingbroke, on which he saw action against the Spanish.

During the siege of the town of Calvi in 1794 he was hit in the face by a shower of gravel and blinded in his right eye.

He lost his right arm at Santa Cruz (Tenerife) in 1797 where he was hit in the right arm by a musketball. Most of the arm was amputated but within half an hour Nelson was issuing orders to his captains.

A year later he was to defeat the French at the Battle of the Nile. Shot in the forehead by a sniper he suffered, a “wound over the right eye, the cranium (was) bare for more than an inch, the wound three inches long”

In 1801 he famously turning his blinded eye to the telescope ordering him to retreat continuing his assault on Copenhagen to a successful conclusion.

After this success he was promoted to Vice-Admiral taking command of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1803 and given the first-rate HMS Victory as his flagship.

Admiral Lord Nelson lost his life off Cape Trafalgar leading twenty-seven British ships of the line against thirty-three French and Spanish ships of the line under the command of French Admiral Villeneuve.

At the Battle of Trafalgar Nelson was shot through the shoulder and chest by a French sniper from the mizzen mast of the Redoutable.

“Hardy, I do believe they have done it at last … my backbone is shot through,” were his words to his flag captain Hardy as he lay on the deck of the Victory.

Taken below deck, he was told that 15 enemy ships had been captured, he replied, “That is well, but I had bargained for 20.”

Thomas Hardy, his flag captain, kissed his forehead in farewell and Nelson spoke his last words, “Now I am satisfied. Thank God, I have done my duty.”

At the Battle of Trafalgar the Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships, and the British lost none.

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