Admiral Horatio Nelson and Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, English heroes of the Napoleonic wars, will be remembered in a new exhibition opening on 2 June 2018 at the Sunderland Museum, Library and Winter Gardens.
The exhibition will feature the famous 1797 portrait of Nelson by English artist Lemuel Francis Abbott, loaned by the National Portrait Gallery in London; After Trafalgar by Frank Mason (1907); A Naval Engagement by Richard Paton (18 th century); Admiral Lord Collingwood by James Lonsdale (1806); and a portrait of Lieutenant Granville Thompson, a Newcastle sailor who fought on Collingwood’s flagship Sovereign at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Amongst a varied collection of prints, paintings and artefacts, other exhibits will include a silver kettle presented to Collingwood after the Battle of Trafalgar, a letter written by Nelson in 1804 and a night telescope reputed to have been used by Collingwood during the Battle of Trafalgar, on loan from the Discovery Museum, Newcastle.
The exhibition has been timed to coincide with the Tall Ships Races, a four-day-long maritime festival taking place from the 11-14 July this year, which will see Sunderland visited by over 80 tall ships before they begin the first leg of the race across the North Sea to Esbjerg, Denmark.
Sunderland Museum, Library and Winter Gardens
Burdon Road, Sunderland
SR1 1PP, UK
Telephone: +44 191 561 2323