Regency Portraits Catalogue
Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805), Vice-Admiral and victor of 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).
Referencesback to topBeresford & 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, Diary, 6 August 1802.
Alfred Morrison, The Nelson and Hamilton Papers, 2 vols., 1893-4, II, p 181.
G. P. B. Naish, Nelson's Letters to his Wife, 1958, pp 391, 429-41.
Naval Chronicle, 1808, XX.
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.
David Walder, Nelson, 1978, p 351.
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.
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.