Search the Collection

Horatio Nelson

(1758-1805), Vice-Admiral and victor of Trafalgar

Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson

Sitter in 85 portraits
Nelson's victories during the wars with France gripped the popular imagination, making him the most enduring of British heroes. In 1793, following the outbreak of war with France, he lost an eye in a successful attack on Corsica. Nelson's strategic brilliance was confirmed at the Battle of Cape St Vincent (1797) and the Battle of the Nile (1798). This was followed by the great controversy of Nelson's career when, because of his passion for Emma Hamilton, he refused to leave Naples to defend Minorca. Nelson's last engagement was his greatest victory; he was killed by a sniper while defeating the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below

List Thumbnail

The Death of Lord Viscount Nelson. K.B. (Horatio Nelson), by James Heath, after  Benjamin West - NPG D13769

The Death of Lord Viscount Nelson. K.B. (Horatio Nelson)

by James Heath, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 1811
NPG D13769

Horatio Nelson, by Henry Bone, after  Arthur William Devis - NPG D17663

Horatio Nelson

by Henry Bone, after Arthur William Devis
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1812 (1805)
NPG D17663

Horatio Nelson, by Robert Cooper, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  William Evans, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D38483

Horatio Nelson

by Robert Cooper, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving, published 21 June 1815 (1801)
NPG D38483

Horatio Nelson, by Robert Cooper, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  William Evans, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D15817

Horatio Nelson

by Robert Cooper, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving, published 21 June 1815
NPG D15817

Horatio Nelson, by Charles Turner, after  Robert Bowyer - NPG D4685

Horatio Nelson

by Charles Turner, after Robert Bowyer
mezzotint, published 1823
NPG D4685

Horatio Nelson, by Charles Turner, after  Robert Bowyer - NPG D4686

Horatio Nelson

by Charles Turner, after Robert Bowyer
mezzotint, published 1823
NPG D4686

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington; Horatio Nelson, by T.C. Wilson, printed by  W. Clerk, published by  E. Glover - NPG D13770

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington; Horatio Nelson

by T.C. Wilson, printed by W. Clerk, published by E. Glover
lithograph, probably 1830s
NPG D13770

Horatio Nelson ('Admiral Nelson receiving the Spanish Admiral's Sword on Board the San Josef'), by John Rogers, published by  J & F Tallis, after  Daniel Orme - NPG D17805

Horatio Nelson ('Admiral Nelson receiving the Spanish Admiral's Sword on Board the San Josef')

by John Rogers, published by J & F Tallis, after Daniel Orme
line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D17805

Horatio Nelson, by William Read, after  Lemuel Francis Abbott - NPG D5338

Horatio Nelson

by William Read, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
stipple and line engraving, published 1836
NPG D5338

Horatio Nelson, by Samuel Freeman, after  Lemuel Francis Abbott - NPG D5341

Horatio Nelson

by Samuel Freeman, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
stipple and line engraving, published 1844
NPG D5341

Horatio Nelson, by Robert Graves, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  Lemuel Francis Abbott - NPG D38491

Horatio Nelson

by Robert Graves, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
line engraving, published 5 November 1847 (after 1797)
NPG D38491

Horatio Nelson, by George Baxter, after  Lemuel Francis Abbott - NPG D21490

Horatio Nelson

by George Baxter, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
Baxter print, published 1853
NPG D21490

Horatio Nelson, by George Baxter, after  Lemuel Francis Abbott - NPG D21491

Horatio Nelson

by George Baxter, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
Baxter print, published 1853
NPG D21491

Nelson at Prayer, on going into battle at Trafalgar (Horatio Nelson), by Ferdinand Jean de la Ferté Joubert, printed by  McQueen (Macqueen), after  Thomas Jones Barker - NPG D38495

Nelson at Prayer, on going into battle at Trafalgar (Horatio Nelson)

by Ferdinand Jean de la Ferté Joubert, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), after Thomas Jones Barker
line engraving, declared to the Printsellers' Association 14 June 1854
NPG D38495

The Death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, by Charles William Sharpe, after  Daniel Maclise - NPG D17800

The Death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar

by Charles William Sharpe, after Daniel Maclise
line and stipple engraving, published 1874
NPG D17800

Horatio Nelson, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after  Henry Edridge - NPG D38489

Horatio Nelson

published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Henry Edridge
collotype printed in two colours, published 5 December 1881
NPG D38489

Horatio Nelson, published by The Medici Society Ltd, after  Lemuel Francis Abbott - NPG D38494

Horatio Nelson

published by The Medici Society Ltd, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
chromolithograph, published 1912 (1794)
NPG D38494

The Nelson Touch (Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth; Horatio Nelson), after Arthur David McCormick - NPG D38493

The Nelson Touch (Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth; Horatio Nelson)

after Arthur David McCormick
colour relief halftone, published 23 November 1938
NPG D38493

Horatio Nelson, by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by  The Baynard Press, after  Lemuel Francis Abbott - NPG D17806

Horatio Nelson

by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by The Baynard Press, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
chromolithograph, published 1943
NPG D17806

Related People

Media

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.