Sailors woolie with fabulous colours. British ships attack La Latte, Brittany - and fail!
A large and dramatic composition this sailors woolie depicts ship but action, against the French.
The later legend written on the reverse (see photo below), written in Dutch translates as: "The Attack on Fort La Latte by the English in 1761 Cape Frehel Brittany"
Fort La Latte was a coastal defence fortress in a spectacular position on the coast of Brittany. with a clear view of the English Channel. It is naturally hard-to-access and thanks to its strategic location, English armies in the past laid siege but never succeeded in capturing it.
Whilst I believe this to be a portrayal of La Latte, with the French flag billowing in the wind, It is hard to know which particular encounter this refers to, other than the fact that the British came off worse, with one ship of the line on the rocks of the fortress. I doubt the 1761 attribution as I can find no reference to such an attack.
But one thing is true, between 1066 and 1815, the English/British and the French would fight many, many wars, and this fact fed the imagination of the maker.
Mounted in a 19th century mahogany frame with original slip and under new glass.
Frame: 26.5" x 18" (67 x 46cm)
Sight: 20.5" x 12" (52 x 30cm)