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The Death of Admiral Lord Nelson - in the moment of Victory (caricature)

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Object ID PAF3866
Description Gillray’s response to Nelson’s death at Trafalgar was this brilliantly ironic print showing him collapsed on the deck of the ‘Victory’, eyes rolling upward, embraced by a forlorn Hardy with George III’s features. He is cradled by a melodramatically tearful Britannia, in a classical ‘attitude’ of grief: she has the unmistakable features of Emma, Lady Hamilton. The kneeling ‘British Tar’ is probably intended to be the Duke of Clarence, later William IV. Above, the winged figure of Fame (or Victory) trumpets Nelson’s ‘Immortality’, while the battle rages in the background amid impenetrable billowing smoke. The caption refers to the ‘Memorial intended by the City of London to commemorate the Glorious Death of the immortal Nelson’, alluding to the spate of proposals for some form of permanent memorial that came almost immediately in the wake of Nelson’s death and funeral.
Date made Published 29 December 1805

Artist/Maker Gillray, James
Humphrey, H.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Materials hand-coloured etching
Measurements Primary support: 409 mm x 299 mm; Mount: 556 mm x 403 mm
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