Paul Léon Jazet (1848-1918)
The Death of Lord Nelson
Chromolithograph after the original painting by Jazet, printed c.1890
Contained in a fine late Victorian frame
Overall size including frame:
Striking late Victorian chromolithograph after the painting by Paul Léon Jazet (1848-1918). As the Battle of Trafalgar raged Nelson and Captain Hardy had been walking on the deck of Victory giving orders, despite coming under withering fire both from cannonballs and enemy sharpshooters positioned high up in the rigging (visible in the image at upper-left). At quarter past one in the afternoon Hardy realised that Nelson was no longer by his side, and turning found him kneeling on deck. As Hardy rushed to him, Nelson smiled and said “Hardy I do believe they have done it at last. My backbone is shot through”.
Nelson had been hit by a musket ball fired from the mizzen-top of Redoubtable at a range of fifty feet. He was carried below deck by Sergeant Major of Marines Robert Adair, and two seamen.
Paul Léon Jazet made his debut at the Paris Salon of 1872. In the late 1870s he began to mingle military scenes with his Salon contributions and it is his powerful depiction of Nelson and crewmen aboard the Victory that showcases the artist at the pinnacle of his career.