The Glorious First of June (aka Lord Howe’s Action) as rendered by Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg (1795)
Lord Howe, a veteran at the age of 70, unexpectedly defied naval convention by ordering his ships to engage in raking fire with their immediate opponents - it was a shocking display of tactical originality practically unheard of from such a revered member of the old guard.
It was the largest fleet action undertaken between the British and French forces during the French Revolutionary Wars.
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