Captain John Stockham (?), 1765 - 1814

Oval miniature in watercolour and gum arabic on an ivory, in an oval gilt metal suspension locket, the reverse of which is glazed and has an opal interior holding locks of hair arranged with sprays of gold filigree, and bound with a band of gold filigree and seed pearls. The sitter is shown bust length, turned to his left, but looking at the viewer, against a neutral greyish background. His eye colour is uncertain, possibly a blue/brown and his brown hair is cut short and combed forward over a high forehead or receding hairline. He wears a blue coat with brass buttons, not apparently uniform, over a white waistcoat with stand-up lapels and a white neckcloth.

Stockham is notably for having commanded the 74-gun 'Thunderer' at Trafalgar in 1805 while still a lieutenant, as acting-captain in the absence of William Lechmere, who had temporarily returned to England. For full details see the Notebook Description for MNT0090, which shows him later, as a captain, wearing the Trafalgar medal: there is also a silhouette (MNT0091). As a miniature, the present example is a much better image than either of those but from the shape of the head, the profile of the nose and the eye colour (which is unequivocally blue in MNT0090, despite its faded condition), it does not appear to be of the same man. Its source and the authority for the identification also need to be clarified.

Object Details

ID: MNT0130
Collection: Fine art
Type: Miniature
Display location: Not on display
Creator: unidentified
Date made: circa 1805?
People: Stockham, John
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 70 x 55 mm

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