Cf. Robin Reilly Wedgwood, Volume II (1989), p. 504, pl. 854, for a dark-blue jasper dip portrait medallion of Horatio Viscount Nelson modelled by John De Vaere and Surgeon Captain P. D. Gordon Pugh, Naval Ceramics (1971), pl. 34A for a similar medallion.
Horatio Viscount Nelson (1758-1805) was the most renowned of all English naval heroes. In 1770 Nelson entered the navy as a midshipman on his uncle's ship the Raisonnable. In 1797, Nelson played an important part in securing victory at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent and was promoted rear-admiral. In 1801 he was promoted vice-admiral after defeating the French in Aboukir Bay and created Baron Nelson of the Nile. In 1801 he defeated the Danish fleet in the Battle of Copenhhagen and was made a viscount. Nelson's last battle was on the 21st October, 1805, were he died of a gunshot facing the combined fleets of France and Spain off Cape Trafalgar.