A Battle Scene

Nicholas Pocock (1740 - 1821)

Watercolour on paper

1796
  • About the artist
    Nicholas Pocock was born in Bristol; the son of a merchant. He went to sea at a young age and commanded ships belonging to Richard Champion, the first producer of Bristol porcelain. In 1780 he sent a picture to the Royal Academy too late to be included in the exhibition. Two years later, two landscapes and two marine paintings by Pocock were accepted by the Academy and thereafter he exhibited there every year until 1812. In 1789 Pocock moved to London, where he quickly won popularity with naval clients, recording their actions at sea. He briefly returned to sea with the Fleet in 1794. From then, Pocock found employment recording actions of the French Wars. He also produced six paintings illustrating ‘The Life of Nelson’ (published in 1809).
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  • Details
    Title
    A Battle Scene
    Date
    1796
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 41.80 cm, width: 67.10 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sir Bruce Ingram, 15 May 1952
    Inscription
    br: N Pocock 1796
    Provenance
    Collection of journalist and newspaper editor Sir Bruce Stirling Ingram (1877-1963) and on loan to the Ministry of Works from 1952; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1963
    GAC number
    1615