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painting of a ship sailing away

Detail of 'Man of War in a Harbour'

Sam Davidson, honorary consultant on marine paintings, has analysed 'Man of War in a Harbour' by Richard Wright and discovered some interesting facts about the ship.

The central main subject of the painting is a man-of-war of about sixty guns setting sail before a favourable wind and viewed obliquely from astern. At her mainmast she displays an admiral's flag and at the stern, a very large and imposing white ensign. In 'line ahead' may be seen three other men-of-war of similar rating, preceded by several smaller supporting craft in the far distance. Justifying the presence of a full admiral in command, the impression is that of a small but powerful squadron entrusted with an important mission.

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