© National Portrait Gallery, London
The Death of Abercrombie (Sir Ralph Abercromby and five others)
by Edward Mitchell, after James Northcote Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1805 (1802)
22 1/2 in. x 23 7/8 in. (570 mm x 608 mm) paper size
- Edward Mitchell (active 1797-1830), Engraver. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Artist associated with 103 portraits, Sitter associated with 23 portraits.
In contrast to the grand battle scenes and supporting cast of hundreds that characterised the majority of the prints of Sir Ralph Abercromby's death, he is depicted in this engraving in a more intimate way. Mortally wounded fighting the French in Egypt in 1801, he is shown being gently helped down from his horse by a few loyal adherents, away from the turmoil of the field. The emphasis here is less on his glorious heroism and more on his reputation as a humane and well-liked commander.
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