Vice-Admiral Sir Andrew Mitchell, 1757-1806

A half-length portrait with the sitter facing left and wearing vice-admiral's undress uniform, 1795-1812, and the star and ribbon of a Knight of the Bath. During the French Revolutionary War Mitchell was involved in the naval side of the 1799 campaign in the Netherlands, as a flag officer under Admiral Duncan, and received the surrender of the remains of the Dutch fleet in the Vlie after it mutinied. The military side of operations was unsuccessful and the British were forced to withdraw. In 1801 he commanded a squadron to the coast of Ireland and later that year had to suppress a mutiny, presiding over the trial of the ringleaders at Spithead. In the following spring Mitchell was appointed commander-in-chief on the North American station, dying after a short illness at Bermuda on 26 February 1806. This painting is thought to be a later copy of the original, which belongs to Dunfermline Town Council: the Dunfermline one was probably the portrait of Mitchell that Abbott (d. 1803) exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1801 (no. 761). While Abbott's style can vary, the relatively poor quality here suggests it is copy by an inferior hand, not a version, despite the received attribution.

Object Details

ID: BHC2865
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Abbott, Lemuel Francis
Date made: after 1800
People: Mitchell, Andrew
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Painting: 762 mm x 635 mm; Frame: 875 x 752 x 73 mm

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