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The Right Honourable Viscount Keppel, Admiral of the White Squadron, 1802

George Romney, William Ridley (engraver) and Bunney & Gold (publisher)

engraving (sheet: 25.0 cm x 15.0 cm, image: 9.9 cm x 7.9 cm)

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Augustus Keppel (1725–1786), naval officer, joined the navy at the age of ten and had risen to the rank of commander by the time he was nineteen. Promoted to Commodore in 1748, Keppel served as commander of the Mediterranean fleet and of the British North American naval contingent in the Seven Years War. He also had a long parliamentary career, serving as the member for Windsor and then Surrey from 1761 until 1780. Keppel was First Lord of the Admiralty at the time of Cook’s Endeavour voyage, the navigator naming Great Keppel Island and Keppel Bay in his honour in May 1770. Keppel was also a close friend of Sir Joshua Reynolds, who painted his portrait on several occasions.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

Accession number: 2012.77

Currently on display: Gallery Three (Robert Oatley Gallery)

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Artist and subject

George Romney (age 68 in 1802)

William Ridley (age 38 in 1802)

Bunney & Gold

Augustus Keppel

Subject professions

Government and leadership


Donated by

Loretta Pash (40 portraits)

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