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Portrait of a Naval Cadet, circa 1850

BHC3125
Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID BHC3125
Description A three-quarter-length portrait of a cadet, shown full-face. Dressed in a Naval cadet's uniform, 1846-56, he is turned slightly to the right. He holds his cap in his right hand and leans on a rock, with the sea visible in the right background. He holds his sheathed sword in his left hand and gazes directly at the viewer. The portrait is painted on board which bears the inscription 'Painted by Godwin Williams of Andover Terrace, Cheltenham at Stoke, Plymouth', on the reverse. Nothing is known about either the sitter or the painter but they have left behind a haunting evocation of fresh-faced youth and anticipated duty.
Date made circa 1850

Artist/Maker Williams, John Godwin
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials oil on board
Measurements Frame: 424 mm x 332 mm x 50 mm;Painting: 317 mm x 228 mm
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  • Portrait of a Naval Cadet, circa 1850 (BHC3125)
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