Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)

Head-and-part-shoulders plaster bust of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (hollow back), with a small square base, on a round socle.

Nelson's head is shown turned half to his right, with bare shoulders, disorderly hair without queue, and a curved breast line. The nose was broken off and replaced in the 1960s.

The piece is inscribed on the back: 'Published by L. Gahagan Decr.1st.1839 / Lord Nelson sat to L. Gahagan in 1798.' In this case the publisher is Lucius Gahagan (1773-1855) working from an original or his father, Lawrence.

Another close version of this bust is in the Castle Museum, Norwich.

Object Details

ID: SCU0098
Collection: Sculpture
Type: Bust
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gahagan, Lawrence; Gahagan, Lucius
Date made: 1839
People: Nelson, Horatio
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Walter Collection
Measurements: Overall: 530 mm x 270 mm x 230 mm x 5 kg

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