Nelson's tomb in the crypt of St Paul's

A very rough sketch drawing of the tomb and surrounding crypt, with aide-memoire inscriptions by the artist: on a pillar, left, 'about 10 ft high' ; at the bottom 'London St Paul's / (Dugdale's Hist [ory of] St Pauls) / Coney del' ; and at bottom right with a detail of a column capital, 'Caps of Pillars'. The inscription on the tomb is only sketchily rendered, rather than correctly as HORATIO VISC[OUNT] NELSON. See also PAE5396.

Admiral Nelson lies at the centre of the crypt at St Paul's Cathedral, directly beneath the middle of the Dome. His monument includes a call to national prayer that he wrote while in view of the enemy before the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Nelson was killed in the battle, but was well prepared for this eventuality and had his coffin with him. It was made from the mast of a French ship sunk in one of his earlier victories and he kept it propped behind his desk. His body had to be preserved for the journey home, so it was soaked in French brandy. At Gibraltar, it was transferred - still in the coffin - into a lead-lined casket and steeped in distilled wine. When the pickled remains reached England, they were put in two more coffins before being buried in the crypt, beneath Cardinal Wolsey's 16th century sarcophagus.

Object Details

ID: PAE5395
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Coney, J.
Places: Unlinked place
People: Nelson, Horatio
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Mount: 226 mm x 181 mm

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