Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Goodwin Keats, 1757-1834

Keats had a very active career in both the American and French Wars. He became Governor of Greenwich Hospital in 1821 as a vice-admiral, rising to admiral by seniority in 1825. When he died in 1834 his early naval friend, William IV, commissioned a bust of him by Chantrey in his memory which still stands in the Chapel (see PAI8792). He is shown here wearing the sash and star of the GCB and a captain's medal for his part as flag captain to Sir John Duckworth at the Battle of San Domingo in 1806.

Jackson was born in Yorkshire where he attracted the patronage of Lord Mulgrave. In 1805 Sir George Beaumont sent him to the Royal Academy Schools where he became a friend of David Wilkie and Benjamin Robert Haydon. In 1819 he travelled with Sir Francis Chantrey to Rome where his portrait of Canova was admired. His portraits show the influence of Raeburn and Lawrence.

Object Details

ID: BHC2975
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Jackson, John
Date made: circa 1817
People: Keats, Richard Goodwin
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Frame: 901 mm x 772 mm x 58 mm;Painting: 760 mm x 635 mm

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