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Admiral Fitzroy Henry Lee, 1699-1750

Oil paintings

Object connections:

Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Lee, Fitzroy Henry

Object details:

Object ID BHC2591
Description Admiral Fitzroy Henry Lee is shown in flag officer’s full dress uniform, 1748–1767, and a short white full wig. The sitter was the son of Lady Charlotte Fitzroy, 1664-1718. She was a natural daughter of Charles II and Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland. He entered the Navy in 1717 and commanded the 'Pembroke', 60 guns, in the Mediterranean, 1738-42. In 1746 he went as Commodore and Commander-in-Chief at the Leeward Islands, where the complaints of his drunken habits and neglect of duty are, though not substantiated, at least supported by his general reputation. The portrait has a later inscription 'Adml. Lee', lower left. The painter, Hudson, was both pupil and son-in-law of another notable portraitist, the elder Jonathan Richardson, and was in turn the early master in London of Joshua Reynolds. Regarded as a safe man for a dignified and flattering likeness, he was the leading society portraitist of his time, with a huge practice. the portrait was wrongly inscribed ‘Adml. Byng’ but this attribution of the sitter is now considered incorrect. Caird Collection, presented in 1933, from the Dillon Collection.
Date made Mid 18th century

Artist/Maker Hudson, Thomas
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 762 mm x 635 mm; Frame: 910 mm x 780 mm x 75 mm
  • Admiral Fitzroy Henry Lee, 1699-1750 (BHC2591)
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