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Admiral. Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean (1795), blockading the French fleet at Toulon; he defeated the Spanish off Cape St Vincent (1797). As First Lord of the Admiralty (1801–1804), his ruthless reforms reduced corruption in the administration of the Navy. This portrait of c.1795 shows John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent in the newly-designed naval full-dress uniform. Already a distinguished admiral, his greatest victory at the Battle of St Vincent (1797) was, however, yet to come.
oil on canvas
H 60.3 x W 50.8 cm