Admiral Augustus Keppel (1725–1786)

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A three-quarter-length portrait to left wearing flag officer's undress uniform, 1767–1783. He stands against a coastal background to denote his naval career. The portrait shows the sitter's hair powdered – he actually wore his own hair rather than a wig throughout his life. Keppel was the second son of the Earl of Albemarle, a Whig family who came to England in 1688 with William III. In 1740 he joined Anson on his four-year voyage round the world in the 'Centurion'. In 1749 he went as commodore to the Mediterranean, and took Joshua Reynolds with him. This marked the beginning of a close lifelong friendship between them. In 1758 Keppel commanded a small expedition, which captured the island fortress of Goree, off Dakar on the West African coast.

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Admiral Augustus Keppel (1725–1786)




oil on canvas


H 127 x W 101.6 cm

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National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

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