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A Merchant Captain with Elton's Quadrant

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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A three-quarter-length portrait facing to left in a blue coat edged with white fur. The sitter also wears a yellow waistcoat with buttons at an angle across the front. He has a hanger (short hunting sword) thrust into a green sash and on his head he wears a peaked fur hat. He holds an Elton quadrant and stands against a background of rocks. The prominence given to the experimental quadrant may indicate that the sitter is Elton himself or someone closely associated with him, possibly Captain Walter Hoxton.

National Maritime Museum

London

  • Date

    1730s

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    127 x 101.6 cm

  • Accession number

    BHC3128

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