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Horatio Nelson

Regency Portraits Catalogue

Horatio Nelson

by Henry Pierce Bone, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
1840, based on a work of 1797
5 1/2 in. x 4 1/8 in. (140 mm x 105 mm)
NPG 6294

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in red paint on the enamelled back: Nelson/London April 1840. Painted by/Henry Pierce Bone Enamel Painter to/the Queen, the Queen Dowager & HRH the Duchess of Kent. From the/Original by Abbot in the Possession of/the Late Sir Jeffrey Wyattville R.A. &c.

This portraitback to top

Abbott's original, painted at Greenwich for Captain Locker in 1797, is discussed in NPG 394. It was immensely popular as a subject for miniaturists and dozens of copies are known in many collections. One by H. P. Bone's father, Henry Bone, dated 1826, was lent by Jeffery Whitehead to Burlington Fine Arts Club, Miniature Exhibition, 1889 (p 59) and Exhibition of the Royal House of Guelph, New Gallery, 1891 (1062).

Physical descriptionback to top

Half-length in rear-admiral's undress uniform, Star of Bath, one Naval Gold Medal on white ribbon with blue borders, edge of Ribbon of the Bath showing against white waistcoat, three black wound ribbons on right sleeve; blue eyes, soft grey hair, smooth smiling expression.

Provenanceback to top

Alan Evans bequest and lent by the National Gallery 1975.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA 1840 (907); 'John Opie & Henry Bone', Truro, 1951 (34).


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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