Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (1775-1860) Great Admiral of the Greek Fleet
Colour lithographpublished September 1827
About the work
Thomas Cochrane is depicted in this colour lithograph as 'Great Admiral of the Greek Fleet’. He is dressed in military uniform. His left hand rests on his sword, while his right hand is tucked into the opening of his naval jacket. An exploding ship can be seen in the distance.
This work was published in September 1827 as one of a series of 'Greek Portraits.’ It formerly belonged to Basile Mostras, a past Greek Ambassador to London, who presented it to the British Embassy in Athens, in 1952.
The Government Art Collection also includes an oil portrait of Cochrane by Ramsay (GAC 3411), showing the sitter full-length in a different pose, which was purchased from the Cochrane family by the Ministry of Works (a former UK government department) in 1956.
About the artist
James Ramsay was born in Sheffield, the son of a carver and gilder who later became a dealer in prints and plaster models. Ramsay initially worked for his father’s business but also advertised himself as a portrait and miniature painter from 1801. In 1803, he moved to London, although he returned to Sheffield for short working stays. He is thought to have entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1805. After his studies he quickly established himself as a London-based portraitist. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Society of British Artists. In 1848, he moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, but continued to exhibit at the Royal Academy in London. He died after a long illness at his home in Newcastle.
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.
- Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (1775-1860) Great Admiral of the Greek Fleet
- published September 1827
- Colour lithograph
- Presented by Mr B Mostras, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, July 1952
- Collection of Basile Mostras, Greek Ambassador to London; by whom presented for the British Embassy, Athens, in 1952
- GAC number