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A. R., late 18th Century
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A. R., late 18th Century

Augustus, Viscount Keppel (1725-1786), facing left in Flag Officer's full dress uniform, coat with embroidered facings, embroidered waistcoat and lace cravat, powdered hair

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A. R., late 18th Century
Augustus, Viscount Keppel (1725-1786), facing left in Flag Officer's full dress uniform, coat with embroidered facings, embroidered waistcoat and lace cravat, powdered hair
signed with initials 'AR' (lower right)
en grisaille, enamel on copper
oval, 2 in. (51 mm.) high, silver-gilt frame with paste surround, fitted maroon leather case
Provenance
Ashcroft Collection; Sotheby's, London, 7 May 1946, lot 41.
Exhibited
London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924-1939.
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Lot Essay

Augustus Keppel, second son of 2nd Earl of Albermarle, served under Baron Hawke, in the Seven Years' War (1756-1763), captured Goreé in 1758 and commanded a ship in the battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759 and in the capture of Belle-Isle in 1761. He was second in command at the capture of Havana in 1762. In 1778 as commander-in-chief of the grand fleet he encountered the French fleet off Ushant but the French escaped. He was tried by court martial for neglect of duty but was acquitted. The acquittal inflamed a riot of enthusiasm and Keppel became a popular hero. He became First Lord of the Admirality in 1782. This enamel is taken after one of the portraits that Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. painted for his friend and patron, Viscount Keppel.
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