Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) Portrait Plaque, 1904
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Measurements: 17cm (6.5in) x 13cm (5in)
Plaster. A relief with showing Baron Nelson of the Nile 1798; Vice-Admiral and Viscount in 1801; killed at Trafalgar 1805, in profile wearing a uniform and facing left. Cast by Augustus P. Ready of the British Museum from the vitreous glass silhouette by the Scottish engraver and cameo modeller William Tassie (1777-1860). The plaster bust thus bears the inscription 'Tassie F. 1805' on the base. 'ADMIRAL LORD NELSON DIED IN THE GLORIOUS BATTLE OFF TRAFALGAR OCT 21 1805' on the truncated shoulder. Contained in a period navy blue velvet mount. Inscribed in ink verso 'A. Ready / Brit Musm / 1904’.
Augustus P Ready (fl.1879-1931) was employed by the British Museum as a restorer's assistant to his father Robert Cooper Walpole Ready from 1873, and as a permanent member of staff from 1897 until 1931. A similar plaque (OBJ0581) by Augustus is in the National Maritime Museum.