Print of an 18th century drawing
128 x 128mm
Lord Nelson, possibly the most painted and drawn of all British heroes and celebrities of the 18th and 19th Centuries, no doubt knew that he was brave and tactically brilliant - but was under no illusions that he was handsome as well.
When artist Simon de Koster sketched Nelson in pencil at a dinner party, he depicted a very average-looking man. Nelson's liking for the de Koster
portrait, though, is reflected not only by mention in histories but by its
widespread reproduction on all manner of products throughout the first half
of the 19th Century.