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Admiral Edward Russell, 1652-1727, 1st Earl of Orford

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Russell, Edward
Provenance: King George IV
Artist: Gibson, Thomas

Object details:

Object ID BHC2991
Description A three-quarter-length portrait to the left in a brown coat edged with gold lace and fastened with gold clasps, with a blue cloak swathed round him. He wears a light brown full-bottomed wig and his left hand points to a letter inscribed 'To the Right Honble. The Earle of Orford at Chipingham', which sits on a table covered with red cloth. A curtain hangs on the left and a column stands in the right background. Russell commanded the Anglo-Dutch fleet at the victorious Battle of Barfleur, 1692, and was Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean, 1694. On the orders of William III, he was the first British commander to over-winter at Cadiz (rather than sailing his squadron home in the autumn) and so inaugurated a policy that led to the acquisition of a Mediterranean base at Gibraltar in 1704 and the maintenance of a year-round British Mediterranean presence.
Date made circa 1715

Artist/Maker Gibson, Thomas
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 1270 mm x 1015 mm; Frame: 1325 x 1066 x 50 mm
  • Admiral Edward Russell, 1652-1727, 1st Earl of Orford (BHC2991)
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