The caption for this painting reads:
Lord Rodney’s flagship ‘Formidable’ breaking through the French line at the battle of the Saintes, 12th April 1782, painted between 1784 and 1787 by Lieutenant William Elliott of the Royal Navy.
Taking place in the West Indies, the Battle of the Saintes
was part of the American Revolutionary War, and took place between the 9th and 12th of April, resulting in a decisive victory for Britain.
The Tun Tavern as it was during the American Revolution
On the 10th of November, 1775, a meeting was held at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two battalions of Marines were needed for the American Revolution.
This meeting is generally recognised as the day the US Marine Corps was formed, though it is possible the location is not accurate.
The tavern played a part in a number of significant moments in US history. Others who met there include Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
The Tun Tavern burnt down in 1781. Today the U.S. Marine Corps National Museum has a Tun Tavern-themed restaurant.
French troops storming Redoubt #9 during the Siege of Yorktown. 19th October, 1781.