THE TRUTH BEHIND THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE
Posted on April 15, 2021

The Fighting Temeraire by J M W Turner is not a work of sentimental nostalgia but a memorial to the ship that performed better than any other in a battle which turned the tide of a European war in Britain's favour.  It also reverberates to the present day as a symbol of muddled British identity.  My essay on her appears this week at:

https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/my-darling-temeraire/

and shows how thoughtfully Turner worked to fashion a myth from the downbeat story of towing a ship to the breaker's yard.

Happy reading!