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The Apotheosis of Nelson
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The Apotheosis of Nelson

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Description Admiral Nelson, the British naval hero of the Napoleonic wars, was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). In this allegorical scene, Mars, the helmeted god of war, welcomes him onto Mount Olympus, the home of the ancient gods. Nelson's ascent is assisted by Poseidon, god of the seas, and Fame, depicted as a woman with wings, among others. Below, on the ship's deck, Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, bids farewell to her greatest naval hero. At her feet are one of the Fates and grief-stricken members of the crew. This is a preparatory study for a painting exhibited in Bern (Switzerland) in 1818. It is one of the few surviving works by Legrand, whose career bridged the transition between the Neoclassical and Romantic styles.
Date Description Narrative
12/30/1946Treatmentcoated; varnish removed or reduced
4/21/1964Examinationexamined for condition
11/08/1991Treatmentcoated; inpainted; surface cleaned
6/25/1992Treatmentexamined for loan; other
6/25/1992Examinationexamined for loan
11/30/1994Examinationexamined for condition
7/27/2011Examinationexamined for condition
  • Setting Sail: Drawings of the Sea from WAM. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2011.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

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ca. 1818
oil on paper mounted on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 22 1/16 x W: 17 3/8 in. (56.1 x 44.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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