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Admiral Sir Edward Pellew (1757-1833), 1st Viscount Exmouth

Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Pellew, Edward
Provenance: Croker, John Wilson

Object details:

Object ID BHC2685
Description A three-quarter length portrait, facing to the left, in admiral’s full dress uniform, 1812–25, of Edward Pellew, first Viscount Exmouth. His hands are resting on his sword. He wears the crimson ribbon of a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath over the blue-edged-with-red ribbon of a Knight Grand Cross of the Sicilian Order of St Ferdinand and of Merit with the stars of both orders on his right breast. He also wears the cross of the Sardinian Order of St Maurice and Lazarus on a green ribbon around his neck. Painted in 1818, this portrait was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1819. A small stipple of the portrait was engraved by William Holl in 1831 (PAI8231). Pellew’s success as a frigate captain brought him to a responsible position in the Channel Fleet in the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars. While in command of the frigate ‘Indefatigable’ he drove ashore the French ‘Droits de l’Homme’ which was returning home from the abortive expedition against Ireland of 1796–97. He bombarded Algiers in 1816 to secure the release of Christian slaves there. (Updated May 2019.)
Date made circa 1817-19

Artist/Maker Owen, William
Owen, William
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 1270 mm x 1015 mm; Frame: 1687 x 1429 x 120 mm
  • Admiral Sir Edward Pellew (1757-1833), 1st Viscount Exmouth (BHC2685)
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