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A three-quarter-length portrait to left in captain's (over three years) full-dress uniform 1774–1787. The anchor motif is visible on some of the buttons on his jacket and cuffs. The artist has suggested the naval background of the sitter by placing him in front of a rocky outcrop on his right and by showing a ship in a storm on the left. Gell commanded the 'Monarca', 68 guns, during Admiral Sir Edward Hughes's five actions against the Bailli de Suffren off the eastern coast of India in 1782 and took part in Hood's occupation of Toulon in 1793.
oil on canvas
H 127 x W 101.5 cm
National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)