Horatio Nelson (1758–1805), Viscount Nelson, Vice-Admiral and Victor of Trafalgar

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    Country: Other
    City: storage
  • About the artist
    Portrait painter Lemuel Francis Abbott was the son of a clergyman and was born in Leicestershire. He studied briefly with the artist Francis Hayman but was largely self-taught. By 1784 he had settled in London, where he became well-known for portraits of naval officers, his most famous sitter being Nelson (examples of his portraits of Nelson are in the National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Portrait Gallery). In 1798 Abbott was certified insane, according to one account the result of an ‘ill-assorted marriage’. He never recovered, although portraits by him were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798 and 1800. Abbott died in Clerkenwell, London, in 1802. He is thought to have left a son.
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  • Details
    Title
    Horatio Nelson (1758–1805), Viscount Nelson, Vice-Admiral and Victor of Trafalgar
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Acquisition
    Transferred from the Ministry of Defence, April 2017
    GAC number
    18721