Rear Admiral Charles Fanshawe, R.N. (1699-1757)

Object number



c. 1750

Physical description

Half length portrait of a middle-aged man turned to his right. He is wearing a pink silk single-breasted waistcoat, over which is a dusky pink velvet jacket with pink silk lining to match the waistcoat. He wears a white cravat around his neck. Tucked under his left arm is a black tricorn hat. He wears a grey wig which has a low quiff on top and is waved over each ear. The background over his right shoulder shows a naval scene with a cloudy sky. The flagship is flying a red ensign, one of the three national colours used to distinguish the various squadrons of a battle fleet and indicate the seniority of their commanders until Trafalgar, when Nelson ordered all his ships to wear a white ensign to avoid confusion with the French.



Joseph Highmore (1692 - 1780) Joseph Highmore studied at Kneller’s Academy and was a polished portraitist by the 1720’s. After 1730, his work became more Rococo in its style. From 1743 to 1744, he made a series of twelve illustrations for his friend, Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela. IN 1762, Highmore abandoned painted, retired to Canterbury, and devoted himself to writing


Wholw height: 930mm
width: 820mm
Canvas height: 740mm
width: 605mm

Collection type

F, F

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Start datec. 1750
Collection type