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Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Graves, 1677-1755

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Graves, Thomas
Provenance: King William IV
Artist: British School, 18th century

Object details:

Object ID BHC2721
Description A three-quarter-length portrait to left. Although he appears to be wearing flag officer's full-dress uniform, 1748-67, the lacing is curiously idiosyncratic. He wears a white dress wig, his right hand is on his hip and his left is on the muzzle of a small cannon. On the left is a table with a book, chart and compass on it. Relatively little is known about the sitter. He was made post-captain in 1713 and although employed for many years he is only notable for his command of the 'Norfolk', 80 guns, which took a prominent part in Vernon's attack on Cartagena in 1741. He was promoted onto the Superannuated List in 1747. There are several mysteries surrounding this portrait. The inaccuracies in the uniform suggest that it may have been painted at a later date and though it was presented to Greenwich Hospital in 1834 by William IV, it is not clear why it was then in his possession. The painting is inscribed 'Adml Graves aet. 74 A.D. 1754' and the artist may have been from the circle of van de Mijn.
Date made 1754

Artist/Maker British School, 18th century
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 1453 mm x 1216 mm x 70 mm;Painting: 1219 mm x 965 mm
  • Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Graves, 1677-1755 (BHC2721)
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