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Captain Hugh Palliser, 1723-96

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Palliser, Hugh
Provenance: Palliser, Hugh
Artist: Dance, George

Object details:

Object ID BHC2928
Description A full-length portrait of Sir Hugh Palliser, Admiral of the White, turning slightly to the left in captain's uniform (over three years seniority), 1767-74. He stands cross-legged, leaning on the plinth of a column, holding his hat in his right hand. The background includes a ship at sea. From 1764 to 1766, when he was a Captain, Palliser was Governor of Newfoundland, where James Cook, who had served under him earlier, was employed charting the coast. He was subsequently Comptroller of the Navy and then second-in-command to Augustus Keppel at the Battle of Ushant in 1778. His conduct there and a subsequent court martial over the issue of whether he had failed to obey his chief's signals for support, divided the Navy at a time of great national peril and resulted in the refusal of some of the best flag officers to serve. His charges against Viscount Keppel were judged to have been ill-founded and Palliser was burnt in effigy by a mob, and his London house was gutted. Thanks to his patron, the Earl of Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty until the fall of Lord North's ministry in 1782, Palliser was appointed Governor of Greenwich Hospital in that year. This painting, attributed to George Dance, is copied from an original three-quarter-length portrait by Nathaniel Dance (presumably the portrait in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and was given to Greenwich Hospital.
Date made Before 1775

Artist/Maker Dance, George
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 2439 mm x 1524 mm; Frame: 2720 mm x 1800 mm x 100 mm
  • Captain Hugh Palliser, 1723-96 (BHC2928)
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