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Admiral Sir Thomas Allin, 1612-85

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Allin, Thomas

Object details:

Object ID BHC2511
Description A half-length oval portrait, showing the sitter turned to viewer's right, in armour and wearing a brown full-bottomed wig. Allin came from Lowestoft and served with Prince Rupert in the exiled Royalist squadron after the execution of Charles I ended the Civil War. In the Second Dutch War, 1665–67, he fought at the Battle of Lowestoft, 1665, (for his portrait by Lely as one of the 'flagmen' there, see BHC2512) and commanded the van at the St James's Day Fight, 1666. He was twice commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean and later Comptroller of the Navy. Allin probably commissioned Willem van de Velde the Younger's famous painting now called '"Resolution" in a gale' (BHC5382), which appears to represent her as his flagship in a storm in the Mediterranean in 1669. This portrait is inscribed, lower right, 'Admiral Sir Thomas Allin of Someley Hall Natt.[natavit] 1613 Ob[iit].1685'. This refers to Somerleyton Hall, near Lowestoft, Suffolk, where he died in retirement. This portrait, or a version of it, was engraved by Pieter Vanderbank in 1685 (PAH5382): there is also an 1819 re-engraving after Vanderbank (PAD4664, PAD2629). It relates to a full-length version at Somerleyton, though the present Hall is a Victorian remodelling of the house (1844). Inscription '1905' on stretcher.
Date made circa 1680

Artist/Maker Kneller, Godfrey
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 760 mm x 635 mm; Frame: 980 mm x 850 mm x 85 mm
  • Admiral Sir Thomas Allin, 1612-85 (BHC2511)
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