Greenwich Pensioner John Rome [Roome], Seaman

A photographic carte de visite head and shoulders portrait of John Rome, as a Greenwich Pensioner. The image is of man in a dark jacket and white shirt looking at the camera, head slightly bowed. The reverse has 'The Signalman of Trafalgar' in black ink on the reverse.

ZBA7505 is another (darker) version of this carte de visite. An accompanying letter for ZBA7505 from Mrs C. Davis, dated October 1904, says: 'This is a photo of Old Pensioner Roon - Lord Nelson's Signal Man - who hoisted "England Expects &c', at the time it was taken in 1858. Roon was then over 80 years of age (a patient of my husband's in Greenwich Hospital). / The photo was taken by the late Dr. Alexander Fisher RN, who was there at the time. Dr. A. Fisher died 20 years ago and I have reason to believe this may be the only copy. / C. Davis'.

Object Details

ID: ZBA7506
Type: Carte de Visite
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Fisher, Alexander
Date made: 1858
People: Roome, John; Drummond, Robert
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 64 mm x 104 mm

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