Today in 1798. Aboukir Bay, Egypt. Rear Admiral Horation Nelson, commander of the British fleet in the Mediterranean, defeats the French Republic fleet commanded by François-Paul Brueys d’Aigalliers, who will die at his post on the Orient. A major blow to Napoleon’s ambitions in Egypt, the battle reversed the strategic situation in the Mediterranean, and allowed the Royal Navy to assume a dominant position which it would retain for the rest of the war.
The painting is “The Destruction of ‘L’Orient’ at the Battle of the Nile”, 1827, by George Arnald.