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The Arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family in Brazil, 7 March 1808

Geoff Hunt RSMA

The Arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family in Brazil, 7 March 1808

Late in 1807, Portugal, threatened with invasion by Napoleon, took the decision to evacuate the Royal Family to Brazil.  A British Squadron, together with many units of the Portuguese Royal Navy, provided a strong escort across the Atlantic.  They made landfall at Bahia, the onward journey to Rio being delayed while a suitably imperial reception could be arranged.

In this painting the Portuguese flagship, the Principe Real, 84 guns, has just come to anchor in Rio de Janeiro harbour.  She has on board the Prince Regent and his retinue, and flies the Royal Standard at the mainmast.

While a swarm of cereminial barges and small boats approaches, gun salutes boom out from the forts and from the British flagship, Marlborough, 74, at the left of the picture, which had arrived earlier.  To the right, other ships of the Portuguese squadron are coming into anchorage: the Alfonso, 64, Rainha da Portugal, 74, Conde D. Henrique, 74, the frigates Medusa and Urania, and various lesser ships, accompanied by the British Bedford, 74.  

From "The Marine art of Geoff Hunt " Conway Maritime Press (available in the Art Marine books section.)

The image is strictly copyright Geoff Hunt RSMA.  No reproduction without permission.

Canvas edition of 250, signed and numbered. 

Standard size:  Image 61cm x 45.5cm  (18 x 24 inches)
Large Size:  Image 81cm x 61cm (24 x 32 inches)

With at least 3 inch canvas border all round.

Paper edition of 750, signed and numbered

Image size: 51cm x 39cm (20 x 15.5 inches)
Paper size: 61cm x 50cm (24 x 19.5 inches)








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