The collection of paintings came from the estate of Clive Lloyd, one of the world’s foremost experts on the art created by Napoleonic Prisoners of War, including Garneray who was a French corsair, painter and writer, who served under Robert Surcouf and Jean-Marie Duterte, and was held prisoner by the British for eight years.

A panorama of Portsmouth Harbour, by French Napoleonic Prisoner of War Ambroise Louis Garneray sold for £9 000 A panorama of Portsmouth Harbour, by French Napoleonic Prisoner of War Ambroise Louis Garneray sold for £9 000

The sale at Ewbank's featured eight paintings by Ambroise Louis Garneray which sold for a total of £62 230 including the buyers' premium. The most valuable was an oil on canvas panorama of Portsmouth Harbour, with prison hulks in line ahead and warships at anchor, including warships of the American and Spanish navies. It sold for £9 000, against an original estimate of £3 000 to 5 000.

Relatively few Garneray paintings are known to exist and this is believed to be the largest single collection in the World of his Napoleonic prisoner of War themed paintings.

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