In this half-length portrait, Thomas Cockrane is depicted as Great Admiral of the Greek Fleet. He is dressed in a naval uniform and stands with his left hand resting on his sword and his right hand tucked into the opening of his jacket. A burning ship is seen at sea in the distance.
This lithograph is by Jules Bouvier senior and was published by Adam de Friedel in September 1827 for Friedel’s series of lithograhed portraits titled ‘Twenty-Four Portraits of the principal leaders and personages who have made themselves most conspicuous in the Greek Revolution’ (London & Paris, 1827-29). The lithograph is based on a painted portrait of Cochrane by James Ramsay, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1811. There is also a painted version of the portrait in the Government Art Collection, purchased from the Cochrane family in 1956. Another is in the collection of the current Lord Dundonald.
Jules Bouvier senior was born in France but worked as a painter and lithographer in London. He married a Scottish woman called Agnes. In 1841, Bouvier was living in St Pancras, London, with his wife and four children, Augustus (15), Joseph (14), Julia (12) and James (9). Between 1845 and 1865 he exhibited paintings of domestic scenes, including 55 works at the Royal Academy and one at the British Institution. He also lithographed portraits, railway subjects, etc., after works by contemporary artists.
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