© National Portrait Gallery, London
Alexander Hood, 1st Viscount Bridport
by Lemuel Francis Abbott Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1795
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/4 in. (743 mm x 616 mm)
- Lemuel Francis Abbott (circa 1760-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 77 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Hood is shown in Admiral's undress uniform with the Star of the Bath.
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