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Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

(1725-1786), Admiral

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 29 portraits
Keppel entered the navy when he was only ten years old. In 1740, he served under Lord Anson on his voyage around the world, a journey on which two thirds of the crew died. Keppel impressed Anson, who made him an acting Lieutenant. This was the start of a brilliant career. Keppel quickly rose through the ranks, gaining a reputation as an exceptional commander. He became one of the leading commanders of his day and a prominent figure in the administration of the Navy. In 1782, he was made First Lord of the Admiralty. His friend Admiral Boscawan said that there was 'no better seaman than Keppel ... and not a better officer'. In 1782, he was made First Lord of the Admiralty.

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