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Midshipman Robert Deans (1790–1867)

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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A half-length portrait in midshipman’s uniform almost full face, but with his head turned very slightly to the left. His right hand is thrust into his tunic and he has his top hat under his left arm. Deans joined the navy 1804 and this was painted in about 1807 in the Mediterranean. He served in the Mediterranean and Lisbon stations as a midshipman until 1810. During this time he was in the ‘Royal Sovereign’, ‘Ville de Paris, and ‘San Josef’, the flagships of Edward Thornborough, Lord Collingwood and Sir Charles Cotton.

National Maritime Museum


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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    76 x 63.5 cm

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National Maritime Museum

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