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A Small Mezzotint Silhouette Portrait of Nelson, 1840
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A Small Mezzotint Silhouette Portrait of Nelson, 1840

Measurements: Overall: 18cm (7in) x 16cm (6.25in)



Head and shoulders profile portrait in uniform with hair worn enque. Contained in a 19th century glazed ebonsied frame with oval gilt slip and suspension loop.

The present portrait derives from De Koster’s portrait of Lord Nelson which was executed at Merton in 1800, a few days before Nelson left for Denmark and the Battle of Copenhagen. It was considered both by Nelson and his immediate circle to be a true and favourite likeness. The original, contained in a locket, was given to Emma Hamilton, but it was also produced as a small line vignette engraving by James Stow that was published by J. Brydon at 7 Caring Cross in 1801. Interestingly Nelson himself said of De Koster’s image ‘There are so many prints of me that it is not in my power to say which is the most like the original, for no one of them is like the other but I rather think a little outline of the head sold at Brydon’s Charing X is the most like me.’