The Bombardment of Algiers, 27 August 1816

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection

The Bombardment of Algiers, 27 August 1816

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Overall size of this product is 40 × 30 cm.
The image area of the print measures 32 × 22 cm.
In 1816 a squadron under Admiral Sir Edward Pellew was fitted out and sent to Algiers where they arrived, in company with a small Dutch squadron, on 27 August 1816. They sought the release of the British Consul, who had been detained, and over 1000 Christian slaves, many being seamen taken by the Algerines. When they received no reply the fleet bombarded Algiers in the most spectacular of several similar punitive actions of this period that finally broke the power of the 'Barbary pirates', who had been a plague on European commerce in the Mediterranean for centuries. Pellew was subsequently created Viscount Exmouth.
Artist: George Chambers
Date: 1836
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