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Captain Robert Man (c.1748–1813)

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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A half-length portrait to left in captain's (over three years) full-dress uniform 1774–1787. Man wears a white wig with black ribbon visible and holds his hat under his arm. In the background a British frigate flying the Union flag, on the left, is shown in the act of taking a small French schooner on the right. In the Mediterranean in 1795 and with his flag in the Victory, 100 guns, he was one of the few that got close enough to engage during Hotham's action. The following year he was a rear-admiral during the war in the Mediterranean, sent by Jervis to Gibraltar for supplies. He arrived safely and was chased by the Spanish fleet. On his arrival he called a council of war which concluded that since the British fleet was outnumbered by the Franco-Spanish fleet it would be best to take their squadron to England. The immediate result was that the British were forced to leave the Mediterranean for the time being. Man had no authority to make such a decision: he was ordered to strike his flag and was never employed at sea again.

National Maritime Museum



Captain Robert Man (c.1748–1813)




oil on canvas


H 76.2 x W 63.5 cm

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