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Sir George Rooke (circa 1650-1709), Admiral

Sitter associated with 11 portraits
Rooke was the most distinguished naval commander of his day. His career began at the battle of Sole Bay, (1672), and his most considerable victories include the destruction of the French fleet at La Hogue, (1692), the capture of the Spanish treasure fleet at Vigo Bay, (1702), and above all the capture of Gibraltar in (1704). His book, Sailing and Fighting Instructions for her Majesty's Fleet, (1703), provided the basis for English fleet tactics throughout the eighteenth century. Rooke's success inspired jealousy from the Duke of Marlborough. He was knighted in (1692), rose to Vice Admiral of England and sat as MP for Portsmouth. A cenotaph in his honour stands in Canterbury Cathedral.

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Sir George Rooke

studio of Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, (circa 1700-1705)
NPG 1992


Sir George Rooke

by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, circa 1703-1708
NPG 6769


Sir George Rooke

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4100


Sir George Rooke

by Robert Williams, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, (1704)
NPG D1337


Sir George Rooke

by Robert Williams, published by John Smith, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1704 (1704)
NPG D11672


Sir George Rooke

by James Cole
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D31210


Sir George Rooke

by and published by Edward Harding, after Michael Dahl
stipple engraving, published 1799
NPG D31211


Sir George Rooke

by Thomas Blood, published by Joyce Gold, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, published 31 June 1815
NPG D31212


Sir George Rooke

by Robert Williams, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, (1704)
NPG D5837


Sir George Rooke

by Robert Williams, published by John Smith, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1704 (1704)
NPG D19768


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