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Richard Paton (1717-1791)
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Considered largely self-taught, Richard Paton was a London artist who specialized in scenes of naval actions. He served at sea for some time, assisting the ship’s painter in the service of Commander Sir Charles Knowles. His first paintings were exhibited in 1758. His works primarily focus on engagements during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) and the American Revolution, many being made into popular engraved prints. Paton is noted for his exceptional skies and dramatic battle effects of cannon firing, bombardments and combat damage to the vessels. 

Battle off Lagos, August 18, 1759
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