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Alexander Hood, 1st Viscount Bridport

Alexander Hood, 1st Viscount Bridport, by Lemuel Francis Abbott, 1795 -NPG 138 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Alexander Hood, 1st Viscount Bridport

by Lemuel Francis Abbott
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/4 in. (743 mm x 616 mm)
NPG 138

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The two three-quarter-length Abbott portraits in the National Maritime Museum and Paul Mellon Collection show him pointing towards a naval action in the left background - the engagement with Admiral Villaret-Joyeuse off Port l'Orient in June 1795. In these, in addition to the Star of KB awarded in 1788, he wears the Gold Medal and chain awarded after the 'Glorious First of June' action in 1794, of which only the chain appears in the NPG half-length. Lord Bridport's 1795 action was painted by Major Adlam, Captain Becher, Godfroy, Livesay, Pocock and Whitcombe, with engravings of each in the National Maritime Museum.

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length aged 70 in admiral's undress uniform (no epaulettes), Ribbon and Star of the Bath, gold chain of Naval Gold Medal; hazel eyes, copious white hair, grey eyebrows, fresh rosy complexion.

Provenanceback to top

John Noseda (offered as by Beechey) and bought from him 1862.

Reproductionsback to top

(of the original)
Mezzotint by V. Green published 16 March 1796; the head only was used by Ryder for a medallion portrait in Smirke's large print COMMEMORATION OF THE VICTORY OF JUNE 1st MDCCXCIV, published by Bowyer 1802; stipple by Robinson, 1 January 1832, for Lodge's Portraits, the original then in Viscountess Bridport's collection; stipple by Freeman for Jerdan's National Portrait Gallery, 1832.

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.

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