The Fighting Temeraire

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  • The Temeraire was one of the key ships that took part in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It was captained by Sir Eliab Harvey. The Temeraire along with Admiral Nelson’s ship Victory defeated Napoleon’s forces with their combined tactics.
  • The Fighting Temeraire was one of Turner’s most treasured works. Someone offered him £5,000.00 and a blank cheque for the painting but he refused it. He bequeathed the painting along with his other works of art to Great Britain.
  • The painting appeared in three movies. It appeared in the movie Age of Innocence in 1993 then it appeared in Snatch in 2000. Finally, it was seen in the 2012 James Bond movie, Skyfall.
  • The Fighting Temeraire was voted the nation’s favourite painting in a 2005 poll organised by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. This vote coincided with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

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