Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan

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Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan, by Henry Pierre Danloux, 1792 - NPG 1084 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan

by Henry Pierre Danloux
oil on canvas, 1792
30 in. x 24 1/2 in. (762 mm x 622 mm)
Purchased, 1897
Primary Collection
NPG 1084


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Viscount Duncan was Commander-in-Chief in the North Sea, (1795-1801). Though his fleet took part in the mutiny of 1797, he won the Battle of Camperdown later the same year when the Dutch set sail to invade Ireland. The artist, Danloux, a refugee from the French Revolution, painted two portraits of Duncan; this is the earlier and shows him in the undress uniform of a Rear Admiral. Duncan is depicted standing on the quarterdeck as if supporting himself against the movement of the ship, his hair blown by the wind and his telescope in both hands.

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