Admiral Sir Charles Saunders (1713–1775)

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A three-quarter-length portrait to left facing to right, with the sitter wearing flag-officer's full-dress uniform, 1767–1783. With a dark tie-wig, he also wears the ribbon and star of the Order of the Bath, a dark navy jacket and white waistcoat embroidered with gold. His gloved right hand holds his sword hilt. His left hand gestures to the background, indicating the night attack on his fleet at Quebec in 1759 by French fire-rafts.

Sir Charles Saunders, Admiral of the Blue, commanded the naval force that co-operated with Wolfe in the capture of Quebec in 1759. We know from a contemporary letter, dated 1772, from Lord Hood to Lady Chatham, that Saunders sat at least three times for this portrait.

This picture is one of a group left to Greenwich Hospital by Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser, Governor of Greenwich Hospital, in 1796.

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Admiral Sir Charles Saunders (1713–1775)




oil on canvas


H 127 x W 101.5 cm

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National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

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