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Parian Bust of Admiral Lord Nelson
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Parian Bust of Admiral Lord Nelson

Circa 1865

Measurements: Height: 33cm (13in)



A Copeland Parian model based on John Flaxman’s marble. The maker's name impressed to the reverse.

Nelson, with two Naval Gold Medals for the battles of St. Vincent and the Nile at his neck, is portrayed with his hair en queue, in Vice-Admiral's full dress uniform decorated with the breast stars of the Order of the Bath, the Neapolitan Order St. Ferdinand and the Ottoman Order of the Crescent, (the latter inscribed 'NILE / AUGUST / 1 / MDCCXCVIII). Below the breast stars Copeland  has awarded Nelson a third Naval Gold Medal in place of the Nile medal (correctly detailed by Flaxman) issued privately by his prize agent, Alexander Davison.  

Nelson's admiration for Flaxman as a sculptor is recorded in correspondence of 1801 with Sir Edward Berry, when he contributed £200 toward Flaxman's monument of Captain Ralph Miller in St Paul's Cathedral. The sculptor E.H. Baily is also recorded as reporting Nelson telling Flaxman that, if ever a statue were made of him, he hope the latter would carve it (Walker, The Nelson Portraits, (1998) p.175).