William Mathews, a Greenwich Pensioner, c.1832

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This is one of a series of nine head-and-shoulders portraits of Greenwich pensioners by John Burnet. These sketches were used as studies for a painting, 'Greenwich Hospital and Naval Heroes', commissioned by the Duke of Wellington in 1835 as a pendant to David Wilkie's 'Chelsea Pensioners', now at Apsley House, London. The work was exhibited in 1837, and shows Greenwich pensioners commemorating Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar in Greenwich Park. William Matthews served on HMS 'Victory' at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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William Mathews, a Greenwich Pensioner, c.1832




oil on canvas


H 30.5 x W 23 cm

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