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Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758-1805) Vice-Admiral & Victor of Trafalgar

Lemuel Francis Abbott

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758-1805) Vice-Admiral & Victor of Trafalgar


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ArtistLemuel Francis Abbott (1760-1802)
EngraverWilliam S Barnard (1774-1849)
TitleHoratio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758-1805) Vice-Admiral & Victor of Trafalgar
Date26 June 1806
MediumMezzotint
PublishedW. Barnard, London, 26 June 1806
AcquisitionPurchased from Colnaghi, June 1952
LocationOther, other locations abroad,
GAC number1708
 
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Lemuel Francis Abbott

Portrait painter Lemuel Francis Abbott was the son of a clergyman and was born in Leicestershire. He studied briefly with the artist Francis Hayman but was largely self-taught. By 1784 he had settled in London, where he became well-known for portraits of naval officers, his most famous sitter being Nelson (examples of his portraits of Nelson are in the National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Portrait Gallery). In 1798 Abbott was certified insane, according to one account the result of an ‘ill-assorted marriage’. He never recovered, although portraits by him were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798 and 1800. Abbott died in Clerkenwell, London, in 1802. He is thought to have left a son.