Captain Sir Edward Vernon, 1723-94

A small full-length portrait seated cross-legged to left. The sitter wears a uniform which is correct for a captain of 1748-67, apart from the coat which has incorrect cuffs and lapels. He wears a hat, holds a telescope in his right hand and wears gold buckled shoes. He is seated on a rock under a cliff, and on the left there is a ship at anchor in the bay, flying the red ensign and commissioning pennant. Vernon fought at Toulon in Admiral Hawke's ship as a lieutenant and in 1758, in command of the 'St Albans', 64 guns, he shared Bosacawen's victory. In the 1770s, he was flag captain to the notorious Admiral Pye, the Commander-in-Chief at Plymouth, being knighted at by George III at a fleet review in 1773. From 1775-76, he was Commodore of the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore. From then until 1781 (becoming rear-admiral in 1779), he held the East Indies command, during which time he fought an indecisive action with the French squadron under M. de Tronjolly. He died a few weeks after reaching the rank of admiral in retirement, in 1794.

Object Details

ID: BHC3069
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Display - QH
Creator: Hayman, Francis
Date made: 1753-1756; 1753-56
People: Vernon, Edward
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Painting: 762 mm x 635 mm; Frame: 877 x 772 x 75 mm

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