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Horacio Nelson Barão do Nilo Visconte Nelson Duque de Bronte Vice Almirante [da 2e Divisão azul.]
Portugal, no publisher, no date, [c.1801] - Unusual pair of engraved portraits, each (133 × 92 mm), now window-mounted side by side, framed and glazed. Very good. Scarce, attractive and highly interesting pair of portraits of Nelson produced in Portugal around 1801 after he had been made vice admiral of the blue. The left-hand engraving shows a romantically presented bust portrait in three quarter profile, wearing the sash of the Order of the Bath and a single Naval Medal. The background is blank. The second portrait had been elaborated to include the Star of the Order of the Crescent, created specifically for Nelson for his services to the Ottoman empire at the Battle of the Nile and received in November 1799, on the right breast of his coat; two medals hanging on the ribbon around his neck, St. Vincent and the recently acquired King's medal for the Nile (see comments on the Guzzardi portrait, Walker The Nelson Portraits p.80); the face has has been reworked into a somewhat sterner expression, the right eye obscured to suggest his blindness; and a cloudy sky and rigging added to the background. An entirely more atmospheric rendering. The engraved caption has been extended to include the words "of the Blue."
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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