Depicting the Demise of Lord Nelson at Trafalgar

England, c1805-20





The large oval tole tray with handholds, the center painted with a complex scene with 22 hands aboard deck,

attending Lord Horatio Nelson on the HMS Victory, off Trafalgar, October 21, 1805;

raised on later ebonized and gilt Regency style stand  

Please note that this is an actual painting, not "transfer" painting.


It was during the battle with Napoleon's troops there that a French sniper, firing from the mast of the Redoutable,

shot Nelson through the shoulder and chest. As soon as it was clear that he was dying,

he was taken to the surgeon. 

When told that 15 enemy ships had been taken, 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". 

 The battle made Britain safe from invasion, but Nelson's death racked a country with grief. 

 A majestic funeral was given at St. Paul's, while people thronged the streets.


Condition: Losses and corrosion to center and borders, as typical with early tole;

diagonal bend to tin surface on left side; over-painting to the central figures and ground;

waxed with crystal wax only for surface protection


20" H x 30-1/2” W x 24" D






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Rare Regency Tole Tray on Later Stand, depicting the demise of Lord Nelson at Trafalgar, c1805, on board HMS Victory