Rear Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon (1782–1869)

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A half-length portrait slightly to right wearing rear-admiral's full dress uniform, 1833–1843, together with his collar and star as a Knight Commander of the Bath and the Lissa medal. His left hand rests on his sword belt. At an early age he was present in the 'Goliath', 74 guns, at the Battles of St Vincent in 1797 and the Nile, 1798. While commanding the frigate 'Active', 38 guns, in the Mediterranean, he played a distinguished part in Captain William Hoste's action off Lissa in 1811. Hoste's three frigates and a 22-gun sixth-rate comprised the sole Royal Naval strength in the Adriatic. They fought an action against an attacking Franco-Venetian squadron off the island of Lissa, where the British were based and although outnumbered managed to defeat the invaders.

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Rear Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon (1782–1869)




oil on canvas


H 91.7 x W 71.2 cm

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National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

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