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The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. Artist: JMW Turner

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The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. Artist: JMW Turner

The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. The 98-gun ship Temeraire became known as the Fighting Temeraire after its role in Nelsons victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The ship remained in service until 1838 when she was decommissioned. The painting was thought to represent the decline of Britains naval power. The Temeraire is shown travelling east, away from the sunset, to evoke a sense of loss. Original work found in The National Gallery Collection. From World Famous Paintings edited by J Grieg Pirie [W.& G. Foyle Ltd. London, 1938.]

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The Fighting Temeraire" is a captivating oil on canvas painting by the renowned British artist J.M.W. Turner, created in 1839. This masterpiece, now part of The National Gallery Collection, depicts the 98-gun ship Temeraire, which gained fame after its participation in Admiral Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The Temeraire, known as the "Fighting Temeraire," served in the British Navy until its decommissioning in 1838. Turner's painting is believed to symbolize the decline of Britain's naval power as the sun sets in the background, casting a warm glow over the Temeraire as it sails eastward. The ship's journey away from the sunset creates a poignant sense of loss and the passing of an era. The painting's rich colors and dramatic composition evoke a sense of history and the passage of time. The Temeraire, with its billowing sails and smoke trailing behind, is a striking contrast against the calm waters of the sea. The reflection of the sunset on the water adds depth and dimension to the scene. The Fighting Temeraire is not only a beautiful work of art but also a testament to the historical significance of the ship and the naval power of the 19th century. The painting's intricate details and masterful use of light and color continue to captivate viewers and inspire artists and scholars alike. This painting, originally published in "World Famous Paintings" edited by J.G. Pirie, offers a glimpse into the past and the rich maritime history of London during the 19th century. The painting's enduring appeal lies in its ability to transport us to a bygone era and evoke a sense of wonder and reflection on the passage of time and the changing world around us.

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