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GIBB, W. (c.1896) Folio,
"Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Plate:                      Dirk, Sword, and Cocked Hat of Lord Nelson

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000461
GIBB, W. (c.1896), British, Folio,"Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000461
GIBB, W. (c.1896), British, Folio,"Naval & Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes"

Artist:          William Gibb (c.1896), Edinburgh, Scotland

Plate:           Dirk, Sword, and Cocked Hat of Lord Nelson

Folio:          Naval and Military Trophies and Personal Relics of British Heroes”

Publisher:    John C. Nimmo, London, England

Printer:         Imprimerie Lemercier et cie

Edition:        First Edition

Published:   1896, this plate is the first of nine monthly parts of an excellent work designed by Mr. William Gibb, of Edinburgh, England, of whom was a Master Illustrator and Chromolithographer within the publishing industry. This work is a prime example of Mr. Gibb to set out the Navel and Military Glory of England by a serious of water-colour drawings to which the appended descriptive notes were by Mr. Richard R. Holmesą.  The induction within the Folio was by Viscount Wolseley.

Edition:        Plate 1 of 36

Date:            1896 (Acquired in 1978)

Medium:     Chromolithograph Plate, printed by Lemercier in Paris, heightened with Arabic gum.

Materials:     Water Color on Beige Pager;

Markings:     Signed. Lower Right Corner “W. Gibb”;

Dimensions: 16" x 12"

Framed:     Yes, this item has remained within a decoratively matted, original frame since acquired by Mr. Prince

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000461

Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal Prince

James Papalia Gallery, Clifton, New Jersey

James Papalia (Dealer) for Marshall Fields & Company

Footnote:             THE LITERARY WORLD – BOOK REVIEWS, Page 44, Vol. 54, From the July to December 1896 Edition, James Clarke & Company, Publishers, 13 & 14 Fleet Street, E.C., London, England

Footnote:             This item is part of Mr. Prince's Chromolithograph Collection.





Horatio, Viscount Nelson, Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy, the most famous of all the Commanders who have rendered that Service illustrious, was born at Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk, September 29, 1758. He entered the Navy first in 1770, under the care of his uncle, Captain Suckling. In 1773, he was appointed to the Seahorse, and served in her for more than two years in the East Indies, at which time he wore the Dirk represented in the plate. During this cruise his health broke down, and he was ordered home. It is said of him that at this period, while in a gloomy reverie, he in a sudden glow of patriotism exclaimed, “I will be a hero, and, confiding in Providence, I will brave every danger.” The Sword accompanying the Dirk was worn by him at the memorable battle of St. Vincent, on the 14th of February 1797. His flag as Commodore was hoisted on the Captain, 74. His decisive action in command of the Rear Squadron was the means of bringing on the general engagement which resulted in the brilliant victory over the Spanish Fleet. His own ship was so cut up and crippled that he had to lay her alongside the San Nicolas, of 80 guns, which he immediately carried by boarding. The San Nicolas was lying foul of the San Josef, of 112 guns, which Nelson was preparing to carry by boarding also, when she surrendered. On her quarter-deck her Captain presented his sword, saying the Admiral was below, mortally wounded. “I desired him,” wrote Nelson, “to call to his officers, and on the quarter-deck of a Spanish first-rate, extravagant as the story may seem, did I receive the swords of vanquished Spaniards.” For his conduct on this occasion he received the honor of the Knighthood of the Bath. The Cocked Hat is that which was placed upon his coffin in the funeral procession to St. Paul’s, where his body lies, beneath the dome, in the magnificent Sarcophagus prepared by Cardinal Wolsey for his own obsequies.

From the Museum of the Royal United Service,

From the The Dirk presented by J. K. Foster, Esquire,

From The Sword by Vice-Admiral Sir G.R. Lambert, G.C.B.




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