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Sir William Sidney Smith

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Admiral. Theatrical and self-centred but brave and energetic, Smith caught the public imagination in 1798 by his escape from the Temple prison in Paris, where he had been imprisoned by the French after his capture in a naval expedition off Le Havre. He was back in the public eye again in 1799 as a result of his heroic defence of Acre in the eastern Mediterranean.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1801–1802

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 237.5 x W 144.8 cm

Accession number

832

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1890

Work type

Painting


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