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Admiral Lord Nelson Aboard the Imperial Japanese Navy Cruiser Katori, 1907
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Admiral Lord Nelson Aboard the Imperial Japanese Navy Cruiser Katori, 1907

Measurements: Overall: 41cm (16in) x 37cm (14.5in)

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Silver on copper. Relief portrait bust of Admiral Lord Nelson by Louis Frederick Roslyn. Contained in original oak frame. The reverse applied with two typescript letters, viz: first ‘Copy / H.I.M.S. Katori / Birkenhead / 14th April 1906 / I have the honour to express my thanks for your kind present to our ship, the portrait of your gallant Admiral Nelson. We esteem it the greatest favor. I placed it in our Admiral Cabin. Thanking your kind present. I am Dear sir, Yours  faithfully (signed) Hagime Sakamoto, Capt. “Katori”.’ The second ‘H.I.J.M.S. Kashima / Newcastle-on-Tyne / 3rd April 1906 / Sir, I have received with many thanks your kindest present. I will keep it for ever as the best memory of our visiting this land. (signed) Captain Ajichi.’

The labels verso on the present plaque suggests that a plaque of this same design was presented to each of the two Katori class pre-Dreadnought battleships that were built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in Britain in 1906-07. Admiral Nelson was held in the highest regard by the I.J.N. Indeed when the Japanese crews came to Britain to take delivery of the new warships, there were enthusiatic visits to Greenwich to see the Nelson Relics and to H.M.S. Victory at Portsmouth to see where the hero fell.

The plaque, designed for the Trafalgar Centenary is the work of Louis Frederick Roselieb aka Roslyn, F.R.S.B.S., (1878-1940) who trained at the Royal Academy Schools and won the Landseer Scholarship for sculpture in 1905. While working at the Standard Plating Company in East London, he produced architectural sculpture which can be seen in Kingsway, London. In 1911 he received his first major commission, a statue of Edward VII for Tooting Bec, South London. During the First World War he enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps , but for medical or other reasons was put on the reserve until 1917 when he was called to the School of Military Aeronautics and subsequently made Lieutenant. After the war and a change of name to Roslyn, he executed sculptural work for many war memorials in England and Wales. He also executed a war memorial in Trinidad, West Indies, and portrait busts the Duke and Duchess of Connaught.



 

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