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This is a half-length portrait of Nelson, facing left, in rear-admiral's undress uniform of 1795–1812, with the Saint Vincent medal and the star of a Knight of the Bath. The empty right sleeve is pinned across with the upper part slit and tied with ribbons to accommodate the wound dressing following the loss of Nelson's right arm at Santa Cruz, Tenerife, in July 1797. This is a late, loosely executed copy of one of Abbott’s many portraits of this type; see for example BHC2888 and BHC2889.
oil on canvas
76.2 x 63.5 cm
National Maritime Museum
Romney Road Greenwich, London, Greater London SE10 9NF EnglandView venue
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