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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Edward Boscawen (1711-1761), Admiral

Admiral; third son of Hugh, 1st Viscount Falmouth; distinguished himself at Finisterre, 1747; promoted rear-admiral; commanded a squadron in North America, 1756; victor of Louisbourg, with Amherst, 1758, and of Lagos, 1759; lord commissioner of the admiralty, 1751-61; admiral of the blue, 1758; privy councillor, 1759; died of a fever shortly before completion of his seat at Hatchlands Park, Surrey. [1]

'He habitually carried his head cocked on one side' ... and was thus sometimes spoken of as 'Wry-necked Dick'. [2]
1) Epitaph by his wife, quoted in the guidebook; Hatchlands Park later sold to William Brightwell Sumner.
2) Dictionary of National Biography, II, p 880, citing Naval Chronicle, XI, p 100.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.