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Jervis, the son of a lawyer, was intended for the law but after trying to run away to join the Navy, was allowed to do so in 1749. He earned a reputation as a highly professional fighting captain and disciplinarian. A vice-admiral at the start of the French Revolutionary War, he and General Sir Charles (later Earl) Grey captured Martinique and Guadeloupe in 1794. As an admiral he became commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean in 1795.
late 18th C–early 19th C
oil on canvas
H 239 x W 147.5 cm
National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)