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'Fighting for the Dunghill - Jack Tar settling Buonaparte', November 1798

Engraving by James Gillray, 1798.

This print celebrates Nelson's victory at Aboukir Bay at the mouth of the Nile on 1 August 1798. Instead of the using a traditional 'John Bull' figure as a personification of England, Gillray here embodies British strength in the figure of 'Jack Tar', shown here foiling Napoleon, who appears as the symbol of France. Tar's toe is firmly planted on Malta, which, supported by a British blockade, rebelled against French occupation in September 1798.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1974-01-61-212


National Army Museum, London


National Army Museum, Study collection

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