Battle for Copenhagen 1801

Battle for Copenhagen


I was commissioned to paint a portrayal of this battle for a good friend, who happened to be the Danish Consul in Boston, Massachusetts. He was very keen that I should get the detail of the church spires totally accurate, so we took a very pleasant trip with him and his wife to Copenhagen to sketch the background. At the same time we visited the City’s Maritime Museum and the historic dockyard. The canvas had to be just 16” x 24” to fit a space above his desk. Eventually we decided to use the angle used by Nicholas Pocock in 1806, but with corrected depictions of the spires, fortifications and the old mast house in the dockyard. For fun, I painted a tiny image of the client on one of the foreground vessels. He now keeps a magnifying glass hanging from the frame, to show friends his tiny image!







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