Portrait of Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson after John Hoppner
Portrait of Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson after John Hoppner Portrait of Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson after John Hoppner Portrait of Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson after John Hoppner Portrait of Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson after John Hoppner
Portrait of Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson after John Hoppner

Portrait of Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson after John Hoppner

  • This impressive oil on canvas captures the likeness of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson
  • The victor at the Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson is one of the most legendary men in naval history
  • This important portrait was composed after the famed version by John Hoppner
  • Hoppner's portrait is currently on display in the royal collection at Buckingham Palace
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Item No. 31-0307
$78,500
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Studio of John Hoppner
19th century | British

Portrait of Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson

Indecipherable signature (lower right)
Oil on canvas

This impressive oil on canvas captures the likeness of one of the most legendary men in naval history, Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, victor at the battle of Trafalgar. It was composed after what is arguably the most important portrait of Nelson ever painted, John Hoppner’s full-length portrait in the collection of the Queen. Compelling and full of life, Hoppner’s image captures the famed leader just three years before the famed battle of Trafalgar. It was one of four full-length portraits of naval heroes acquired by King George IV, two by Sir Joshua Reynolds and two by Hoppner. Today, it can be found on display in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. This example, remarkably true to the original, captures the same air of confidence and strength as Hoppner’s initial conception.

Nelson’s reputation as a naval hero had already been established by the time he sat for Hoppner, though Trafalgar would make him a true legend. Undeniably one of Britain’s most heroic figures, Lord Nelson is famous for his service in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Between 1794 to 1805, the Royal Navy proved its supremacy over both the French and the world under Nelson's leadership. The Battle of Trafalgar, which took place on 21 October 1805, was unquestionably his most famous engagement, and his victory there effectively saved Britain from invasion by Napoléon’s forces. The battle, however, would be his last. During the fight, Nelson was struck in the spine by a French marksman aboard the Redoutable, and he died three hours later. Afforded a state funeral and heralded as a national hero, numerous monuments commemorate this legendary victory and Nelson's legacy, including the 170-foot Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square in London.

The present portrait deftly portrays this hero at the very height of his power, popularity and influence. Considering the quality of the work and its faithfulness to Hoppner’s original, it was almost certainly crafted by a student or close contemporary of the artist. Hoppner himself is known to have painted a number of replicas of his original work; it is likely this example was created in his studio under the close direction of this English master. Hoppner established his studio in London in 1784; in 1795, he was appointed full Academician of the Royal Academy, the highest honor that a British artist could achieve. His portrait of Nelson was undeniably his masterpiece, greatly beloved by the royal family. In fact, another version of the portrait after the original was commissioned by King George IV and gifted to the Greenwich Hospital in 1824; today, this portrait is held in the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich).

Circa 1805

Canvas: 42 3/4” high x 29 3/8” wide
Frame: 50 3/4” high x 38” wide
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Framed:38.0"W x 50.75"H
Unframed:29.325"W x 42.75"H
Period: 1700-1815
Origin:England
Subject:Portrait
Depth:3.0 Inches
Width:38.0 Inches
Height:50.75 Inches
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