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A full-length portrait, wearing a version of captain's undress uniform (1748–1767), with grey breeches, waistcoat and facings, double lacing on the waistcoat pockets and slightly striped stockings. Naval historians draw attention in this portrait to the wearing of the new regular uniform made compulsory by an order of 14 April 1748. However, this took some while to be implemented and what is shown here is idiosyncratic in design and colour. Painted as a tribute to Keppel, this picture made the artist's name in London and it remained in his studio for years where his patrons could see it. Observers noted that he had taken great pains with the composition, repeatedly scraping off paint to make changes, a situation confirmed by modern X-ray examination.
Captain the Honourable Augustus Keppel, 1725–1786
oil on canvas
H 239 x W 147.5 cm