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The Death of Genl. Sir R. Abercrombie

1 of 4 portraits of Sir John Abercromby

The Death of Genl. Sir R. Abercrombie, by Giovanni Vendramini, printed by  J. Matthews, published by  John Peter Thompson, after  Sir Robert Ker Porter, published 4 June 1804 - NPG D13764 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Death of Genl. Sir R. Abercrombie

by Giovanni Vendramini, printed by J. Matthews, published by John Peter Thompson, after Sir Robert Ker Porter
stipple engraving, published 4 June 1804
25 1/4 in. x 37 3/4 in. (640 mm x 959 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D13764


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Artistsback to top

  • J. Matthews, Printer. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • Sir Robert Ker Porter (1777-1842), Painter and traveller. Artist associated with 7 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • John Peter Thompson (1792-1819), Engraver, printer and printseller. Artist associated with 20 portraits.
  • Giovanni Vendramini (1769-1839), Engraver and architect. Artist associated with 24 portraits.

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This portraitback to top

This portrait of 1795 shows 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 St Vincent's 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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  • NPG D13765: Descriptive Sketch of the Print of the Death of Gen: Sir Ralph Abercrombie (related to)