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Sir Henry Terne, d.1666


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Collection Miniatures, Fine art
User collections Moustaches by lucinda
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Terne, Henry

Object details:

Object ID MNT0017
Description Oval miniature in watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, in an oval gilt metal display frame with a suspension ring and a metal scroll label below, engraved 'MR. H. TERNE' in black letter. The sitter is shown bust length, turned to his right but looking at the viewer, in armour, with a white neckcloth. He has blue eyes, a slight dark moustache and wears what is probably a loosely brushed full-bottom brown wig rather than his own hair. He stands against a dark background to the right, possibly a window embrasure, with blue sky and a sea horizon to the left. Terne served in the Commonwealth navy and, in command of the 'Hampshire', 38 guns, was in the fleet that brought Charles II back to England at the Restoration of 1660, the same year he became celebrated for fighting a single-handed nine-hour engagement against six Spanish ships. He held a number of further commissions including in command of the 'Dreadnought', 58 guns, at the Battle of Lowestoft against the Dutch in 1665 but was killed commanding the 'Triumph' at the Four Days Battle the following year (1-4 June). This miniature was formerly in the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch which held another (called the Duke of Grafton) that H. A. Kennedy in 1917 suggested might be by the same artist, though he remains unidentified.
Date made Early 1660s

Artist/Maker Cooper, Samuel
Cooper, circle of Samuel
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials watercolour; gouache; ivory; gilt
Measurements Overall: 60 x 49 mm
  • Sir Henry Terne, d.1666 (MNT0017)
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