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Horatio, Admiral Nelson (1758–1805), KB

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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Painted shortly after Nelson lost his arm in battle at Santa Cruz, Tenerife, this portrait was commissioned by his Captain, William Locker. Nelson was convalescing at Locker’s home in Greenwich at this time and is recorded as suffering considerable pain. After his death in 1804, the portrait was purchased by Francis Grant, Laird of Kilgraston; hence it is known as the Kilgraston sketch.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney




oil on canvas


H 76.2 x W 63.5 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0349.B

Acquisition method

purchased, 2005

Work type


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Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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