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Rear Admiral Basil Beaumont (1669–1703)

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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A posthumous portrait based on an unidentified source showing him three-quarter-length, wearing a buff coat lined with red over a red waistcoat, with a loose white stock. His hair, although painted as his own, long, powdered and dishevelled by wind, is probably a full-bottomed wig. His left hand rests on the fluke of an anchor, his right gestures towards the viewer. In the right background is a stormy seascape with three ships in distress, the most prominent being his flagship, the 'Mary', flying a blue ensign and his rear-admiral's blue flag at the mizzen.

National Maritime Museum

London


Date

early 18th C

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 127 x W 101.5 cm

Accession number

BHC2542

Acquisition method

National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

Work type

Painting


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