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Alan Gardner, 1st Baron Gardner

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Alan Gardner, 1st Baron Gardner joined the Navy at the age of thirteen, and was promoted to captain eleven years later. He commanded a number of frigates and warships and served in the American War of Independence (1775–1783). In 1786, he suppressed smuggling in the Gulf of Mexico and ordered detailed hydrographic surveys of Caribbean locations of interest to the Navy. In 1790 Gardner was appointed to a seat at the Board of Admiralty, which he held until 1795.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    1799

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    74.9 x 62.2 cm

  • Accession number

    2103

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1925

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