The Fleet on the Serpentine River
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
The Great Fair of 1814 allowed Londoners to celebrate the end of the war with France. The highlight was a re-enactment on the Serpentine lake of several famous naval battles, with guns firing at 'French' ships, which were slowly sunk to the sound of national anthem. In this drawing, the Battle of the Nile is commemorated with a great crowd watching naval manoeuvres on the lake.