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Christmas card featuring Captain Horatio Nelson

Date: 1948
Overall: 154 x 120 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Card
Object No: 00037221
Place Manufactured:United Kingdom

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    This Christmas card features a coloured image of the 1781 framed portrait of Captain Horatio Nelson by John Francis Rigaud held by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
    SignificanceNelson is one of the most famous of naval heroes in any navy across the world. He remains legendary long after his death in 1805.
    HistoryThis portrait was painted in 1781 for presentation by Nelson to Captain William Locker, under whom he had served as a Lieutenant in HMS LOWESTOFFE. In a letter dated from Bath on 21 February 1781, Nelson wrote of the picture, "It will not be in the least like what I am now, that is certain". This remark, combined with the youthful appearance of the portrait and Nelson's bad health on his return from the West Indies in 1780, suggests that he had given sittings to the artist before leaving England in 1777. The background is believed to represent Fort San Juan in Central America.
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    Primary title: Christmas card featuring a The framed portrait of Captain Horatio Nelson

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