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Admiral Sir Philip C. H. Calderwood Durham (1763-1845)

Oil paintings

Object connections:

Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Durham, Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood

Object details:

Object ID BHC2383
Description A full-length portrait to the right showing Durham in his admiral’s full dress uniform of the 1843-47 pattern, wearing the ribbon, star and chain of the GCB, the Trafalgar medal and the ribbon and star of a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Military Merit, apparently the only British officer to receive this French honour. At his side is the sword presented to him by Trinidad in 1816. He stands on the shore holding his hat in his right hand with his left arm resting on his telescope. A rocky outcrop is shown to the right; the sea to the left. The painting is signed and dated: ‘John Wood pinx 1844’. Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham entered the Navy on 1 May 1777 in the ‘Trident’. In July 1781 he was appointed acting lieutenant in the ‘Victory’ under Kempenfeld, following him to the ‘Royal George’ in 1782. When the ship sank on 29 August that year, Durham was officer of the watch on deck; he spent an hour in the water before being rescued. Durham had the distinction to capture the first and last enemy flags of the long wars with France: the ‘Afrique’ on 13 February 1793, when commanding the ‘Spitfire’, and the island of Guadeloupe on 10 August 1815. He commanded the ‘Defiance’, 74 guns, at Trafalgar, being slightly wounded during the battle.
Date made 1844

Artist/Maker Wood, John
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 2400 mm x 1492 mm x 70 mm
  • Admiral Sir Philip C. H. Calderwood Durham (1763-1845) (BHC2383)
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