The Death of General Sir Ralph Abercromby, K.B.

1 portrait of Sir Ralph Abercromby

The Death of General Sir Ralph Abercromby, K.B., by Francis Legat, after  Thomas Stothard, published 1805 (reissued 1828) - NPG D11101 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Death of General Sir Ralph Abercromby, K.B.

by Francis Legat, after Thomas Stothard
line engraving, published 1805 (reissued 1828)
19 1/4 in. x 24 3/8 in. (490 mm x 620 mm) plate size; 21 1/4 in. x 29 1/8 in. (540 mm x 740 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1934
Reference Collection
NPG D11101

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  • Francis Legat (1755-1809). Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • Thomas Stothard (1755-1834), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 33 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

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Heroic deaths in the midst of battle became a popular subject for commercial prints. Ever since the best-selling engraving after Benjamin West's The Death of General Wolfe (1771) had captured the public imagination, the demand for prints of military martyrs was insatiable. In this engraving of the death of Sir Ralph Abercromby in Egypt (1801), West's prototype was closely followed. General Abercromby collapses on the field between two of his faithful generals with the flag raised high above his head. The popularity of such prints relied on their combination of realism - in details of costume and portraiture - and idealised religious references. This engraving was so successful it was reissued in 1828, over twenty years after its first appearance.

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  • NPG D7544: Key to The Death of Sir Ralph Abercromby (key)

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