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Horatio Nelson

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Horatio Nelson, by L. Acquarone, after  Leonardo Guzzardi, 1888 (1799) - NPG 785 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Horatio Nelson

by L. Acquarone, after Leonardo Guzzardi
oil on canvas, 1888 (1799)
33 1/4 in. x 20 in. (845 mm x 508 mm)
Given by Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, 1888
Primary Collection
NPG 785

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In this portrait Nelson celebrates his triumph at the Battle of the Nile (1798). The image is unusual as it frankly depicts the toll of warfare. His face is drawn and emaciated while his cocked hat is angled to avoid contact with the wound over his right eye. The original 1799 portrait, on which this later copy was based, was commissioned either by the connoisseur Sir William Hamilton or by Nelson himself. Several contemporary copies were made, including one for Grand Sultan Selim III of Constantinople who sent Nelson many magnificent gifts after his victory, signalling his growing international reputation.

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