Admiral Francis Holburne (1704–1771), and his Son, Sir Francis (1752–1820), 4th Baronet

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The portrait was started after May 1755 and was initially intended to be head and shoulders of Holburne alone. In 1757 the canvas was extended on the left and bottom to include the child, Holburne’s only son. The portrait was fitted around Holburne's naval commitments: in 1755 he went with reinforcements to America, with Boscawen and Loudon, and two years later sat on Byng's court-martial. He was for eight years Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth, was made Rear-Admiral of England in 1770 and was briefly Governor of Greenwich Hospital in 1771. He was MP for Plymouth, 1768–1771. The Holburne family had significant connections. The Admiral was second son of Sir James Holburne of Menstrie: his elder brother James (d.1758), became second baronet.

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Admiral Francis Holburne (1704–1771), and his Son, Sir Francis (1752–1820), 4th Baronet




oil on canvas


H 128 x W 102.7 cm

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National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

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