Captain William Gordon Rutherford (1764–1818)

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A half-length portrait, very slightly to right, of Captain Rutherford in captain’s full dress uniform, and wearing the Trafalgar medal and presentation sword.

Rutherford commanded a detachment of seamen with great distinction at the capture of Martinique in 1794 for which he was promoted from lieutenant to commander. At the battle of Trafalgar he commanded ‘Swiftsure’ whose fire set alight the French ‘Achille’ which later blew up. He received the thanks of Parliament and a sword from the Patriotic Society for his part in the action. In 1814 he became Captain of Greenwich Hospital.

This portrait was painted in about 1919 from an original of about 1806.

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Captain William Gordon Rutherford (1764–1818)




oil on canvas


H 91.5 x W 71 cm

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National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

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