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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Alexander Hood, 1st Viscount Bridport (1726-1814), Admiral

Oil by Reynolds formerly in Doughty House (Sir Francis Cook), sat as Captain Hood October 1758, exhibited British Institution 1866 (46), Second Exhibition of National Portraits 1867 (71) lent by Lord Hood, and sold Christie's (Lord Hood sale) 16 June 1911 (140).

Oil by Reynolds in National Maritime Museum, sat as Captain Hood 1761, signed and dated 1764, and presented to Greenwich Hospital by Viscountess Hood in 1825; a copy of this by Northcote, made for Captain Bellew, is noted in Northcote's Register, the price raised from 8 to 10 guineas a head (MS in NPG library).

Oils by Abbott (see NPG 138).

Two oval stipple engravings, published 1795, one by Chapman the other anonymous, are unrelated to either the Reynolds or Abbott types.

A portrait attributed to Beechey was in American Art Association (Lane sale) New York 20-2 November 1924, three-quarter-length right hand on sword, possibly the original of an oval stipple published by B. Crosby 15 July 1795.

A portrait called Bridport, probably by Tilly Kettle, was offered to NPG in 1905.

Whole-length mezzotint, standing on quarterdeck wearing cocked hat, was published by Haines & Son 6 June 1797; half-length mezzotint, oval, brandishing a naked sword, was published by G. Thompson (examples in National Maritime Museum).

Undated silhouette by W. Wellings called Bridport was at Sotheby's, 1 December 1980 (21).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.