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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805), Vice-Admiral and victor of Trafalgar

Vice-Admiral and victor of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar.

'Captain Nelson appeared to be the merest boy of a captain I ever beheld' (Prince William in 1782).

'Nelson's shock head' (Lady Minto in 1800).

'You are kind and good to an old friend with one arm, a broken head and no teeth' (Nelson himself to Lady Hamilton in 1801).

'He was not as described, a little man, but of the middle height and of a frame adapted to activity and exertion' (Nelson's nephew, George Matcham, in The Times 6 November 1861. A measurement of the effigy in Westminster Abbey suggests a height of 5ft 7in).

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Beresford & Wilson 1898
Beresford & Wilson, Nelson and his Times, 1898, p 214 with illus. showing NPG 4309 in the Guardroom on the foremast pedestal surrounded by cannon-balls etc.

Farington 1802
Farington, Diary, 6 August 1802.

Morrison 1893-4
Alfred Morrison, The Nelson and Hamilton Papers, 2 vols., 1893-4, II, p 181.

Naish 1958
G. P. B. Naish, Nelson's Letters to his Wife, 1958, pp 391, 429-41.

Naval Chronicle, 1808, XX.

Nicolas 1844-6
Sir Harris Nicolas, Nelson's Dispatches and Letters, 1844-6, III, VII, p 19.

NPG Annual Report 1966-7, pp 43-4.

RUSI Official Catalogue, 1924, no.2017.

Walder 1978
David Walder, Nelson, 1978, p 351.

Walker n.d.
R. J. B. Walker, The Nelson Portraits (forthcoming), where letters and papers from Sir Francis Grant and other documents from the NPG archive are published for the first time, and an attempt is made to disentangle the whole Abbott-Nelson complex.

Warner 1971
Oliver Warner, Nelson's Last Diary, 1971, pp 13-15.

Windsor Castle Catalogue, 1851, no. 83.



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.