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Captain William Rogers, b. 1783
|Description||A head-and-shoulders portrait to left wearing a black coat, black neckerchief and stock and white collar and cravat. The portrait is refreshingly direct and was probably done from life. Captain William Rogers of the ‘Windsor Castle’ mail packet was attacked by a French privateer, the ‘Jeune Richard’, 1 October 1807 off the coast of Barbados. Although the privateer was superior in terms of guns and manpower, Rogers and his remaining five unwounded men boarded the Frenchman, killed her captain, tore down her colours and forced the crew to go below. The painting was engraved by Ridley and Blood, with the title, ‘Captn W Rogers, late of the Windsor Castle Packet’, in April 1808. Drummond also produced a full-length painting, ‘Captain William Rogers Capturing the ‘Jeune Richard’, 1 October 1807’ (see BHC 0579).|
|Credit||National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection|
|Materials||oil on canvas|
|Measurements||Painting: 455 mm x 355 mm; Frame: 598 mm x 512 mm x 72 mm|
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