Nelson & His World

Lord Nelson etching
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Author:  pfcauctions [ Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Lord Nelson etching

I hope this is within the rules of a first posting! We run an auction at and have an interesting etching of Lord Nelson in our next sale. As well as informing you of the sale I wondered if anyone might have more information on the item, including the engraver John Buckle-Barlee.

Description: This original crow quill pen etching (circa 1800), by John Buckle-Barlee, shows Lord Nelson arriving at Great Yarmouth. The etching measures approx 6cm x 7½cm and is presented in a brass oval shaped frame with glass front. Cut to shape inside the frame is a short note of provenance explaining: "The original paper is under this with my Great Grandmother's writing. Anne Beatty nee Buckle-Barlee whose brother John etched Nelson after he landed at Yarmouth..."


Thank you very much - enjoyable website!

Author:  tycho [ Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Lord Nelson etching

Welcome to the forum!

This image bears a strong resemblance to another work by Simon de Koster. Could Buckle-Barlee's engraving be from this work?

I am not qualified to comment further but maybe Jacqui is looking in? She is a fount of wisdom on the art of our period (and much else) and could provide, I'm sure, some illuminating comments.

Author:  pfcauctions [ Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Lord Nelson etching

Hi Anna

Thanks for the welcome. We'll look into the Simon de Koster 'link'


Author:  raldis [ Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lord Nelson etching

This is almost certainly one of many copies of De Koster's portrait drawn at the end of 1800, just before Nelson deployed for the Baltic. It might, however, be a copy after John Whichelo's 'Nelson', the last artist that Nelson sat for at Merton in September 1805. Whichelo may well have been influenced by Nelson's admiration of De Koster's work. Richard Walker's book 'The Nelson Portraits' is probably the best guide.


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