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Captain Frederick Cornewall, 1706-88

BHC2633
Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Cornewall, Frederick

Object details:

Object ID BHC2633
Description A three-quarter-length portrait to right in captain's, over three years, undress uniform, 1746-67 and a tie wig. The empty right sleeve of his coat is pinned across and his hat is held in his left hand. It is inscribed in gold, top left, 'Captain Frederick Cornewall, R.N'. In 1744 as a lieutenant in the 'Marlborough', 90 guns, commanded by his cousin James Cornewall, he fought in Mathews's inconclusive action off Toulon, where he lost his right arm. His cousin was killed in the fighting and Cornewall was made post-captain immediately afterwards. Although he was appointed to the vacant command his health prevented him from executing his duty. At Admiral Byng's action off Minorca in 1756 he commanded 'Revenge', 70 guns, and it was his evidence at the court-martial which was largely responsible for the guilty verdict that resulted in Byng being shot. He does not seem to have had any further sea service. Cornewall was MP for the Montgomery Boroughs, 1771-74.
Date made circa 1765

Artist/Maker British School, 18th century
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 1486 mm x 1232 mm x 90 mm;Painting: 1270 mm x 1016 mm
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  • Captain Frederick Cornewall, 1706-88 (BHC2633)
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