Staff at Norwich Museum reveal one of the earliest captured French Tricolour's from the Napoleonic Wars - which was dramatically siezed from the French warship Le Généreux, on February 18, 1800.
The huge Ensign of Le Généreux (it measures 16m x 8.3m – roughly the size of a tennis-court) is one of the most iconic objects connected to Norfolk’s most famous son, Admiral Lord Nelson.
Evidence suggests that it is, quite possibly, one of the earliest, if not the earliest, Tricolour in existence. The design of the French Tricolour as we know it today – with the order of colours from left to right running blue, white and red – was the new flag of the French Republic after the 1794 revolution.
Ruth Battersby-Tooke, Curator of Costume and Textiles at Norwich Castle, said: “The Ensign is remarkable for its survival in such a complete state, the oldest French Ensign in the UK and the one with the most stirring and thrilling history.”
It will form the centrepiece of this summer’s Nelson & Norfolk exhibition, at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, which explores Nelson’s relationship with his home county (on view from July 29 to October 1, 2017).
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