Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
William Bligh (1754-1817), Admiral and explorer; captain of the Bounty
‘According to family tradition he was a man below the average height, robust, and active. Dr Arnold describes him in his later days as ‘corpulent’ ... [a fellow officer described him as] ‘a very choleric gentleman, but at the same time, a very just man’ (George Mackaness, 1931).
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.