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Captain Lord George Graham (1715–1747), in His Cabin

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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Graham is shown seated on the right at a circular, white-covered table, facing forward but glancing sideways rather than outward, with a place-setting for dinner in front of him. Seated on the left in front of the table, with a place-setting under his left elbow, is a plainly attired man with his legs crossed, dressed all in black with a white collar and stockings, and black buckled shoes. His dress implies he is socially inferior to Graham but an educated man – perhaps a secretary or tutor – and it may be symbolic of this social difference that a salt-cellar lies on the table between them. A Black servant boy stands on the far right behind Graham, playing a pipe and tabor. Behind the table a standing man, presumably a hired singer, holds a sheet of music which bears the otherwise recorded song title 'Arragh my Judy'.

National Maritime Museum



Captain Lord George Graham (1715–1747), in His Cabin




oil on canvas


H 68.5 x W 88.9 cm

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