In 1762, another historical painting was finished by the same artist in the adjoining pannel, representing Britannia, holding in her
hand a medallion of his
present Majesty, and sitting on the right-hand of Neptune in his
chariot drawn by sea-horses, who by their attitudes, and the spirit they discover, seem to partake in the triumph, which is supposed to be occasioned by the defeat of the French fleet (represented on the back ground) by Sir Edward Hawke
, November 10, 1759.
The horses are guided by Neptune, as represented by the [p.27] poets.
The car is preceeded by tritons blowing their shell, and surrounded by nereids or sea-nymphs who attend the triumph, and are gently impelled along by the agitation of the waves; they hold in their hands medallions as large as life of those heroic naval officers, viz. Howe, Keppel, Saunders, Anson, Hawke
, Pococke, and Boscawen, over which last medallion the nereid weeps for his
When this painting was finished, admiral Anson was not dead.
The sea-fight represents the engagement between the Royal George commanded by admiral Hawke in person, and the Soleil Royal commanded by admiral de Conflans.