The League of Armed Neutrality, Led by Russia, included Denmark-Norway, Sweden, and Prussia all of whom called for the ability to trade freely with France. Britain, wishing to maintain their blockade of the French coast and concerned about losing access to Scandinavian timber and naval stores, immediately began preparing to take action. In the spring of 1801, a fleet was formed at Great Yarmouth, England under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker with the purpose of breaking up the alliance before the Baltic Sea thawed and released the Russian fleet.
The Battle of Copenhagen was an engagement that saw a British fleet fight and strategically defeat a Danish-Norwegian fleet anchored just off Copenhagen on 2nd April 1801. Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson led the main attack and is famously is reputed to have disobeyed Sir Hyde Parker's order to withdraw by holding the telescope to his blind eye. His action, in proceeding into battle, destroyed many of the Dano-Norwegian ships before a truce was agreed.
One of Nelson's great triumphs, the Battle of Copenhagen cost the British and the Danes lives and ships. In the days after the battle, Nelson was able to negotiate a fourteen-week armistice during which the League would be suspended and the British given free access to Copenhagen. Coupled with the assassination of Tsar Paul, the Battle of Copenhagen effectively ended the League of Armed Neutrality.
Two editions on canvas, each of 195. Each print is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Steven Dews.
Standard size canvas:
Image size: 40 x 24 inches. Framed size: 46 x 30 inches
Large size canvas: Image size: 66 x 40 inches. Framed size: 72 x 46 inches
Canvases are varnished. Framing is as per as an oil painting, stretched on stretchers and with no glass.
On paper: Image size: 30 x 18 inches. Paper size: 34 x 22 inches Framed size 38 x 27 inches