Commander John Crispo (1773-1841)
A curious full-length portrait to left, of Crispo in commander's full dress uniform. He is shown standing on Southern beach at Spithead (Southsea) with the Isle of Wight in the background. On his right is the captured French cutter 'Telemachus'. At the age of nine the sitter was a midshipman on the 'Royal George' when he survived her sinking at Spithead. Later, whilst in command of the 'Telemachus', aged 24, he captured two privateers in the Channel in 1796. This portrait was made the following year. He afterwards commanded the 'Resource' troopship. In 1809 he took the 'Little Belt' to the West Indies, with his son John William as midshipman. He was promoted to post rank in 1810. The NMM has an associated watercolour for the painting PAG6466, and at least one other version is known to exist.
- Image reference: BHC2637
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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