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Admiral Peter Rainier (1741–1808)

Photo credit: College of Optometrists

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The sitter is shown in flag officers’ full dress, 1795–1812 pattern, as a vice-admiral (two stars on the epaulettes) and wearing spectacles fitted with ‘Martin’s Margins’, which were thick tortoiseshell rims designed to reduce the amount of light reaching the eyes. Rainer had arrived in Madras (Chennai) in November 1794. This portrait may have been painted c.1800, following his promotion there to vice-admiral in 1799, or as late as 1804 if was a parting gift to his friend, Basil Cochrane (or commissioned by Cochrane), before Rainier sailed for England early in 1805.

College of Optometrists



Admiral Peter Rainier (1741–1808)




oil on canvas


H 71 x W 59 cm

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acquired from Greenwich Naval College, 1991

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