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Admiral Sir John Balchen, 1670-1744

Oil paintings

Object connections:

Collection Oil paintings, Fine art, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Balchen, John
Provenance: Austen, Henry

Object details:

Object ID BHC2525
Description A three-quarter-length portrait to left in a blue coat, with gold clasps and a heavy gold embroidered sash. He wears a sword belt around his waist and a brown full-bottomed wig. He gestures with his right hand towards a ship in the left background, half out of the picture and flying the red ensign. The portrayal of this ship is curious since it appears to be of a type not built after 1665. When commanding the 'Chester', 50 guns, in 1707, Balchen was captured by the French commander Forbin. He became Governor of Greenwich Hospital in 1743 and in 1744 was recalled to sea to command a squadron to relieve Charles Hardy, who was blockaded in the Tagus. During the voyage home his fleet was scattered by a storm in the Channel and he went down with his flagship the 'Victory', 100 guns, which was lost with all hands. It was thought to have been wrecked upon the Caskets, off Guernsey. Richardson was the principal portrait painter of the period between Kneller and Hudson. He founded the St Martin's Lane Academy with Kneller in 1711 and was influential through his books on the theories of painting.
Date made circa 1695

Artist/Maker Richardson, Jonathan
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 1435 x 1200 mm
  • Admiral Sir John Balchen, 1670-1744 (BHC2525)
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