Capture of HMS Ambuscade by the French corvette Bayonnaise, 14 December 1798
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 146.5 x 114
Acquired by the great-grandfather of the current owner, entrepreneur in Brest, in the nineteenth century, probably in the 1860s.
This painting is very close to the centre of the large painting Fight against Bayonnaise Ambush, commissioned from the artist by the Department of the Navy, exhibited at the Salon of 1801, then kept at the Marine Museum. It depicts the collision of French sailors breaking on the English ship.
The Navy Museum retains the preparatory drawing. There is an etching of the central portion also by Crepin. This famous naval battle was also represented by P. Ozanne and Jean-François Hue (Musée de Versailles).
There is a pair to this (same size) of the Glory and the Cumberland.