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A mature portrait facing slightly to left in captain's full dress uniform of 1815–1825. Cole wears a black stock and a grey boat-cloak with a black collar over his right shoulder, and draws it across his body with his left hand. He wears the neck ribbon and star of his KCB and the gold medal given for his services in the Banda Islands. The background is lightly sketched in brown and blue-grey. The sitter joined the Navy as midshipman at the age of nine or 10.
oil on canvas
H 91.5 x W 73.3 cm