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        The French fleet becalmed and the attack on the Isle of Wight, 1545

        Basire, James (1730-1802) (after); British. Medium: colour lithograph. Date: 1778. The Encampment of the English Forces near Portsmouth during the Battle of the Solent (colour litho). The naval Battle of the Solent took place on 18 and 19 July 1545, fought between the fleets of Francis I of France and Henry VIII of England, in the Solent channel off the south coast of England between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; The attacking fleet was repelled saving England from French invasion; during the battle the English warship Mary Rose was sunk Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.

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