The Attack of Nova Colonia in the River Plate in 1763, under the command of Captain John Macnamara

William Elliott

Oil on canvas

1791
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Argentina
    City: Buenos Aires
    Place: British Embassy

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  • About the artist
    Naval officer and marine painter William Elliott began his career by entering the Royal Navy. He is probably the William Elliot who began as Master’s Mate aboard the ‘Roebuck’; was promoted to Lieutenant in 1782 and to Captain in 1810. The subjects of his paintings were mainly ships in conflict, at anchor or in stormy weather. Elliott first exhibited at the Free Society of Artists in 1774. He also showed his work at the Royal Academy (1784-89) and the Incorporated Society of Artists (1790-91). He was elected a fellow of the Incorporated Society and its President in 1791. Many of his works were engraved by the printmaker and publisher Valentine Green (1739-1813) and Elliott also produced some aquatint versions himself.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Attack of Nova Colonia in the River Plate in 1763, under the command of Captain John Macnamara
    Date
    1791
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 64.00 cm, width: 76.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Appleby Bros, March 1956
    Inscription
    sdbr: Lt. Wm Elliott 1791
    GAC number
    3437