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Death of Nelson: Scene on the Deck of HMS "Victory"

Samuel Drummond

Death of Nelson: Scene on the Deck of HMS "Victory"


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ArtistSamuel Drummond (1765-1844)
TitleDeath of Nelson: Scene on the Deck of HMS "Victory"
Datec.1805-1806
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenanceCollection of Robert Etherton; by whom sold through Sotheby's, London, on 12 March 1980 (Lot 60); from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
ExhibitionPossibly Royal Academy, London, summer 1806 (catalogue number 505), as ‘Sketch for a death of Lord Nelson’
Dimensionsheight: 58.00 cm, width: 74.00 cm
AcquisitionPurchased from Sotheby's, 12 March 1980
LocationOther, other locations abroad,
GAC number14966
 

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Samuel Drummond

Samuel Drummond was born in London; he joined the navy when he was fourteen and served for seven years. He is said to have been present at three engagements, which could well be true as he was serving at the height of the American War of Independence. When first practising as an artist he worked in pastels, later turning to oils and concentrating on portraits, genre scenes and naval battle pieces. He exhibited over 300 works at the Royal Academy between 1791 and 1844 and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1808, later becoming Curator of the Royal Academy Painting School. He died in London in 1844.