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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. Yet aside from this early misfortune, 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 was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm and the sight in one eye.

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Horatio Nelson

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

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Horatio Nelson

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

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

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

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Horatio Nelson

by Lawrence Josset, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, 1968
NPG D16957

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Horatio Nelson

by Ernst Morace
stipple engraving
NPG D19153

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