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The son of Rear Admiral Charles Fanshawe and Elizabeth Rogers, it was perhaps inevitable that Robert should go on to have a successful naval career just as his father had. After joining the Royal Navy in 1753 he was made a lieutenant in 1759, Master and Commander in 1762, then Captain in 1768. He married Christiana Gennys, daughter of John Gennys of Whitleigh Hall, Saint Budeaux, Devon, in 1769 in Plymouth.
oil on canvas
75 x 62 cm
gift from Aubrey Fanshawe, 1963
Valence House Museum
Becontree Avenue Dagenham, London, Greater London RM8 3HT EnglandView venue
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