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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

by Lemuel Francis Abbott
oil on canvas, 1797
NPG 394


Horatio Nelson

by Henry Pierce Bone, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
enamel on copper, 1840 (1797)
NPG 6294


Horatio Nelson

by Guy Head
oil on canvas, 1798-1799
On display at British Academy, London
NPG 5101


Horatio Nelson

by Luigi Acquarone, after Leonardo Guzzardi
oil on canvas, 1888 (1799)
NPG 785


Horatio Nelson

after Franz Thaller, after Matthias Ranson
plaster squeeze, (1800)
NPG 2767


Horatio Nelson

by Friedrich Heinrich Füger
oil on canvas, 1800
NPG 73


Horatio Nelson

by Sir William Beechey
oil on canvas, 1800
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5798


Horatio Nelson

by Dominic Cardosi, after Franz Thaller, after Matthias Ranson
plaster cast of bust, (1801)
NPG 2668


Horatio Nelson

by Henry Edridge
watercolour, 1802
NPG 879


Horatio Nelson

by A. Geiger, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
mezzotint, (circa 1775-1800)
NPG D19494


Horatio Nelson

by Robert Shipster, after John Francis Rigaud
stipple engraving, published 14 August 1797 (1781)
NPG D5336


Horatio Nelson

by Robert Shipster, after John Francis Rigaud
stipple engraving, published 1797 (1786)
NPG D5339


Horatio Nelson

by Robert Laurie, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 13 November 1797 (1794)
NPG D16818


Horatio Nelson

by William Evans, after Henry Edridge
stipple engraving, published 1798
NPG D5333


Horatio Nelson

by Daniel Orme
stipple engraving, published 1798
NPG D5335


Horatio Nelson

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 1798
NPG D5343


Horatio Nelson ('Extirpation of the plagues of Egypt ...

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 6 October 1798
NPG D12660


John Bull taking a luncheon: - or - British cooks, cramming old grumble-gizzard, with bonne-chére

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 October 1798
NPG D12661


Horatio Nelson ('The Hero of the Nile')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and stipple engraving, published 1 December 1798
NPG D12668


Horatio Nelson

published by Robert Laurie, published by James Whittle
mezzotint, published 20 October 1798
NPG D19423

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