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Admiral Edward Russell (1653–1727), 1st Earl of Orford

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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A full-length portrait turned fully to the right, with the head looking back towards the viewer over the right shoulder. Russell wears a breastplate over a rust-coloured coat and a full-bottomed brown wig. He has buckled shoes and his left hand rests on a stone plinth beside a drape of richly decorated gold material which has either a telescope or commander's baton partly visible on top. He points with his right hand, inviting the viewer's gaze towards the naval action in the distance to the right.

National Maritime Museum


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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    239 x 148.5 cm

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