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Admiral Sir Francis Geary (1709–1796)

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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A full-length portrait to right wearing flag officer's full-dress uniform, 1767–1783, a tie wig and holding his hat and cane in his right hand. There is a pentimento which indicates the hat was originally on his head and the picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1782. A rear-admiral under Hawke in 1759, Geary had the misfortune to miss the Quiberon Bay action that November. In May 1780 he succeeded to the command of the Channel fleet on the death of Sir Charles Hardy, during a critical period of threatened French invasion, but was forced to give up the command for health reasons the following August.

National Maritime Museum


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    oil on canvas

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    241.5 x 147.5 cm

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