|Method||Mezzotint printed in colours|
|Artist||Valentine Green after Lemuel Francis Abbott|
|Published||London, Published by L. F. Abbott, Caroline Street, Bedford Square, Decr. 1st. 1795.|
|Dimensions||Image 590 x 402 mm, Sheet 655 x 453 mm|
A full length portrait of Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood. Hood is seen standing in full naval uniform, leaning his left arm upon a rock face. His right hand is leaning upon his naval sword. In the background to his left is a scene of ships in a harbour.
Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood (12 December 1724 – 27 January 1816) was a British Admiral known particularly for his service in the American War of Independence and French Revolutionary Wars. He is amongst those credited with developing the concept of breaking the line which became an important part of naval tactics during the age of sail. He acted as a mentor to Horatio Nelson.
Lemuel Francis Abbott (1760–1802) was a British portrait painter renowned for his depictions of prominent 18th-century British figures. Born in Leicestershire as the son of a clergyman, Abbott became an apprentice to painter Francis Hyman in London in 1775. After his master's death in 1776, he returned home and continued to independently develop his craft. Abbott became skilled in the art of portraiture, with a talent for accurately capturing the likeness of his subjects. Some of his most famous commissions included portrayals of naval hero Horatio Nelson, poet William Cowper, and diplomat and colonial governor George Macartney.
Valentine Green (1739-1813) was a British mezzotinter; Associate Royal Academician and publisher, often in association with his son Rupert. In 1773 he was appointed mezzotint engraver to the King George III and in 1774 he became a member of the Royal Academy. In 1775, he was appointed mezzotint engraver to Karl Theodor, Elector Palatine, and in 1789, he worked on the engraving and publishing of pictures in the Düsseldorf Gallery. Green was one of the first engravers to show how admirably mezzotint could be applied to the translation of pictorial compositions as well as portraits. His engravings are distinguished by exceptional richness, subtlety of tone, and a deft handling of light and shade.
Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd
Whitman 1902 135. II, Chaloner Smith 1883 66
Condition: Trimmed within plate mark on bottom margin, toning from previous mount, some staining to margins.