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Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel (1725-1786), Admiral

Sitter associated with 29 portraits
Keppel entered the navy when he was only ten years old. In 1740, he served under Lord Anson on his voyage around the world, a journey on which two thirds of the crew died. Keppel impressed Anson, who made him an acting Lieutenant. This was the start of a brilliant career. Keppel quickly rose through the ranks, gaining a reputation as an exceptional commander. He became one of the leading commanders of his day and a prominent figure in the administration of the Navy. In 1782, he was made First Lord of the Admiralty. His friend Admiral Boscawan said that there was 'no better seaman than Keppel ... and not a better officer'. In 1782, he was made First Lord of the Admiralty.

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D9815

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

by James Sayers, published by James Bretherton
etching, published 14 July 1784
NPG D9815

D12234

'Pand[e]monium'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 12 January 1784
NPG D12234

D12344

'General Blackbeard wounded at the battle of Leadenhall'

by John Boyne, published by Edward Hedges
etching, published 5 January 1784
NPG D12344

D3486

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

by John Chapman, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1800
NPG D3486

D36847

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

by Edward Scriven, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 12 March 1814
NPG D36847

D3406

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

by James Scott, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1863 (1752-1753)
NPG D3406

D21664

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

by Sir George Scharf, after Unknown artist
pencil, pen and ink, 21 February 1877
NPG D21664

D20460

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

by and published by James Caldwall, after James Tassie
mezzotint, published 13 April 1782
NPG D20460

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