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Horatio Nelson

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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This is one of the many portraits Abbott painted of Nelson and it is perhaps the most widely recognised of the whole Nelson iconography. It depicts him in rear-admiral's uniform wearing the Star and Ribbon of the Bath and the Naval Gold Medal, awarded for his victory at the Battle of St Vincent (1797). The original portrait was painted for Captain Locker of the Greenwich Hospital. This version, commissioned for Lady Nelson, was also taken from life.

National Portrait Gallery, London


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    74.9 x 62.2 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1874

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