Luny, Thomas (1759-1837): Les droits de l'homme, oil on canvas, 61 x 91.4 cms. Presented by De Pass, Alfred A.
About the frame
An eighteenth-century Continental Neoclassical architrave frame, parcel gilt and painted black; supplied by Paul Mitchell Limited.
This picture depicts the driving ashore of the French ship Les Droits de l'homme in Audierne Bay on the night of 13-14 January 1797. Les droits de l'homme is shown against the rocks on her beam end, having lost 2 or three of her masts. In the centre of the painting is the Indefatigable attempting to escape from the shoreline. To the extreme right is the Amazon.