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Engraving - ‘The ever to be lamented Lord Viscount Nelson’, 1805
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Engraving - ‘The ever to be lamented Lord Viscount Nelson’, 1805

Measurements: Overall: 24cm (9.5in) x 29cm (11.5in)

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Hand coloured memorial engraving. Framed and glazed.

An imagined plinth featuring the profile bust of Nelson after de Koster betwixt fasces symbolising strength through unity. In the foreground lie with the ensigns of France and Spain land a ribbon bearing the Trafalgar signal ‘England expects ... The plinth, flanked by a sailor and marine, and surmounted by a naval trophy of arms, is inscribed ‘Fell in the Glorious Cause of his country / in the Memorable Battle of Trafalgar / 21st October 1805, age 47’, over the Latin motto ‘Palman qui meruit ferat’ (Let him bear away the palm who has deserved it). 

To the upper left a memorial verse reads: ‘Hear me, my gallant friends, / And whilst I tell how your combing foes, by thousands fell, / If this afflicting loss of one so dear / should damp your kindling transports with a tear / Remember whilst his mortal part has rest / Th’em mortal lives in every Briton’d breast / Tho short his span of life recording fame / inscribed a deathless volume to his name / And there in each immortalizing page / He lives and still shall live from age to age’.

To the upper right a second verse ‘Remember too, the Hero, as he fell / To his brave second sent his last farewell / Instant his soul to deeds of glory fir’d / As with the prophets mantle was inspired / In this one word he read the full intent / And knew twas this lov’d Commander meant / Mourn not for me! Tis vain, chase grief away / Complete my work, and crown the glorious day, Behold, tis done his parting spirit flew / And lighting rests, brave Collingwood with you.’

Published by Laurie & Whittle, 18 December 1805. Sheet size: 19cm ( 7.5in) x 23.4cm. (9.25in).

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