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John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent

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John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent, studio of Lemuel Francis Abbott, circa 1795 - NPG 936 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent

studio of Lemuel Francis Abbott
oil on canvas, circa 1795
23 3/4 in. x 20 in. (603 mm x 508 mm)
Purchased, 1892
Primary Collection
NPG 936

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  • Lemuel Francis Abbott (circa 1760-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 77 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This portrait of 1795 shows John Jervais, Earl of St Vincent in the newly-designed naval full-dress uniform. Already a distinguished admiral, his greatest victory at the Battle of St Vincent (1797) was, however, yet to come. The close-up format and his fresh, ruddy complexion lend the painting an air of frankness and candour. He was known for his blunt style of command and shows none of the heroic airs often adopted on such occasions. This portrait was probably painted during the few months leave he spent in England before taking up his post in the Mediterranean as Commander-in-Chief.

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