Brown ink, wash, gouache and graphite pencil on paper
13 1/2 x 18 3/8 inches
Patrick Noon, Senior Curator of Paintings and Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of the Department of Paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, has observed that the present work, "... is an allegory honoring some naval hero. With West, Nelson comes first to mind since he painted the subject of Nelson's death as well as several apotheosis compositions. However, the bust of the figure being honored does not resemble Nelson and seems to represent an older man, perhaps Alexander Hood?"
We extend our gratitude to Mr. Noon for his very kind assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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