Flagmen of Lowestoft: Edward Montagu (1625–1672), 1st Earl of Sandwich

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A three-quarter-length portrait to the right in a leather coat and breastplate, with a red and gold sash round his waist. He wears the ribbon of the Garter over his right shoulder to which is attached the Lesser George. His hair is worn long and his right hand rests on a cannon. He stands against a wall with purple drapery on the left and there is a ship on fire on the right. Montagu's friendship with Cromwell assured his advancement and in 1656 he was appointed joint General-at-Sea with Blake and later in sole command of the fleet in the Downs. After the death of Cromwell and the fall of his son Richard, Montagu transferred his allegiance to Charles II. He commanded the fleet which fetched Charles from Holland in 1660, for which he was created Earl of Sandwich.

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Flagmen of Lowestoft: Edward Montagu (1625–1672), 1st Earl of Sandwich




oil on canvas


H 127 x W 101.6 cm

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National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

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