Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758-1805)
An unfinished head-and-shoulders portrait of Nelson in profile to left. He is in vice- admiral's undress uniform, 1795-1812, and wears the riband of the Order of the Bath. Done from life, the original sketch is claimed to be one of the portraits that Nelson thought a close likeness. He is shown with weather-beaten skin, grey hair fashioned in a queue and he stares fixedly ahead with his sound (grey) left eye. The loosely sketched background suggests clouds. His initial portrait was probably made for Lady Hamilton a few days before he sailed for Denmark. This version is thought to have been made for Nelson's sister Susannah.
Simon de Koster
- Image reference: BHC2900
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
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