Wednesday, February 08, 2012
‘NELSON’S FIRST FAREWELL’ - Joy
This painting, GW Joy imagines the 13-year-old Nelson - whose mother died when he was nine - dressed in his new midshipman's uniform and saying farewell to his grandmother on his first departure for sea in 1771.
It was exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1883.
A couple of years ago, I saw a framed print of this picture in an antique shop window, but it was over $100 so I walked on. Now I kick myself for not buying it!