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The Death of Abercrombie (Sir Ralph Abercromby and five others)

8 of 15 portraits of Sir Ralph Abercromby

The Death of Abercrombie (Sir Ralph Abercromby and five others), by Edward Mitchell, after  James Northcote, published 1805 (1802) - NPG D13766 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Death of Abercrombie (Sir Ralph Abercromby and five others)

by Edward Mitchell, after James Northcote
line engraving, published 1805 (1802)
22 1/2 in. x 23 7/8 in. (570 mm x 608 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D13766


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  • 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.

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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.