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Lemuel Francis Abbott, ca. 1760–1802
Admiral Lord Bridport [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]
ca. 1795
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 inches (127 x 101.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
admiral | battle | costume | flags | gesture | man | navy | ocean | officer (military officer) | port | portrait | sea | ships | uniform
Associated People:
Hood, Alexander, Viscount Bridport (1726–1814), naval officer and politician
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

The naval engagement shown in the background of this portrait of Alexander Hood, Lord Bridport (1727-1814) was the highpoint of his career: a successful action on June 23, 1795, against the French under Admiral the comte de Villaret-Joyeuse, off Port l'Orient (the principal depot and home base of the French East India Company in Brittany). Bridport was at this time "Admiral of the White," two steps away from the highest naval rank, that of "Admiral of the Fleet." His flagship, H.M.S. Royal George, which flies the Union Jack and the ensign of an Admiral of the White (a red cross on a white background), is shown engaging with the French on both sides. Bridport captured three enemy ships and dismasted two others.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

The Martial Face - The Military Portrait in Britain 1760-1900 (Bell Art Gallery, 1991-01-26 - 1991-03-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, April 1977, pp. 248, 251, fig. 25, N1 .A54 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp.12-13, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

David Winton Bell Gallery (Brown University), The Martial Face : The Military Portrait in Britain, 1760-1900, An exhibition by the Department of Art, Brown University, January 26-March 3, 1991 [held at] David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. , Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1991, p. 85, no. 5, ND1314 M27 1991 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Cecil King, The Evolution of the British Naval Uniform, Connoisseur, v. 103, no. 452, April, 1939, p. 196, no. X, N1 C75 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sales, Athenaeum, no. 4365, June 24, 1811, p. 726, Available Online: British Periodicals II Also Available: A88 At421 + (SML) [ORBIS]

A.C. Sewter, Some new facts about Lemuel Francis Abbott, Connoisseur, vol. 135, May 1955, pp. 178-83, J10 C762 + (SML) [ORBIS]

R. J. B. Walker, Regency portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1985, p. 63 (vol. 1), , N1090 A592 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellis Waterhouse, An Impressive Panorama of British Portraiture, Apollo, v. 105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 248, 251, fig. 25, N1 A54 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)] [YCBA]

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