Portrait of Arthur Phillip Esq. Vice Admiral of the Red Squadron. PHILLIP, F. WHEATLEY, after.
Portrait of Arthur Phillip Esq. Vice Admiral of the Red Squadron.

Portrait of Arthur Phillip Esq…
Portrait of Arthur Phillip Esq. Vice Admiral of the Red Squadron.

London: Joyce Gold, 31 January, 1812.

Engraved oval portrait, 95 x 75 mm.; tipped onto an early album leaf, with ink border.

Uncommon: one of the last published portraits of Arthur Phillip, issued two years before his death, and updated to reflect his promotion in July 1810 to the new rank of Vice Admiral of the Red.

Uncommon: one of the last published portraits of Arthur Phillip, issued two years before his death, and updated to reflect his promotion in July 1810 to the new rank of Vice Admiral of the Red.

The portrait is evidently based on the original by Francis Wheatley of 1786, which was first published as the frontispiece to Phillip's Voyage to Botany Bay in 1789. However, what is most significant about the present example is that the naval uniform of Phillip has been updated to reflect his 1812 naval rank of Vice Admiral of the Red Squadron. On his return to England Phillip had a distinguished naval career which saw him promoted as commander of the Hampshire Sea Fencibles in 1798, charged with the responsibility of defending the coast against invasion by Napoleon. The following year he became a rear admiral of the Blue, and he retired in 1805. The last nine years of his life saw him steadily advancing in the naval hierarchy while living in retirement in Bath, with his second wife Isabella. He died on 31 August 1814 three months after receiving his promotion to admiral of the Blue.

This is an uncommon version of the famous Phillip portrait, known to be held in the Nan Kivell collection of the National Library of Australia, as well as apparently in an album associated with Ernest Favenc now held at the State Library of New South Wales. The publisher Joyce Gold was associated with the Naval Chronicle, and this portrait was originally published in that journal to accompany the short biography of Phillip published there in 1812.

not in Nan Kivell and Spence.

Condition Report: Fine.

Price (AUD): $750.00

US$552.59   Other currencies

Ref: #3309874

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