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'Les droits de l'homme', 1797

Photo credit: Falmouth Art Gallery

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This picture depicts the driving ashore of the French ship 'Les droits de l'homme' in Audierne Bay on the night of 13–14 January 1797. 'Les droits de l'homme' is shown against the rocks on her beam end, having lost two or three of her masts. In the centre of the painting are two British ships, the 'Indefatigable' attempting to escape from the shoreline and to the extreme right is the 'Amazon'. Both British commanders, Sir Edward Pellow and Captain Robert Carthew Reynolds were Cornishmen.

Falmouth Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 61 x W 91.4 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Alfred Aaron De Pass, c.1939

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Falmouth Art Gallery

Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2RT England

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