The Fighting Temeraire by Turner is one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery. Buy a Fighting Temeraire print or framed print of this masterpiece for your home.
The 98-gun ship Temeraire played a distinguished role in Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, after which she was known as the Fighting Temeraire. The ship remained in service until 1838 when she was decommissioned and towed from Sheerness to Rotherhithe to be broken up.
Turner was in his sixties when he painted The Fighting Temeraire. It shows his mastery of painting techniques to suggest sea and sky. Paint laid on thickly is used to render the sun's rays striking the clouds. By contrast, the ship's rigging is meticulously painted.