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Sir Edward Pellew is best known for his bombardment of Algiers in 1816, which forced the release of several thousand Christian slaves. Lawrence’s portrait may commemorate an event of 1797 when he was captain of the frigate ‘Indefatigable’ and drove the much larger French ship, ‘Droits de l’Homme’, aground on the Brittany coast. Romantic images made Lawrence the leading portrait painter of the Regency period and he later became President of the Royal Academy.
oil on canvas
H 79.5 x W 65.8 cm