Oil on canvas, 17.5 by 21.5" H. - relined - in old gilt frame with imperfections. Evidences as early with geometric crazing, etc. typical of Victorian era painting. The lower left signature looks like examples of the artist’s in references. Born in Dublin, George Joy studied portrait painting and historical narrative under the tutelage of Charles Francois Jalabert and went on to win medals at the Royal Academy, Paris Salon. Possibly a very accurate study for Day's identical famous painting (also called "Thirty Years Before Trafalgar" that hangs in a European castle. An immensely popular depiction, a chromolithograph print of the artwork was published in 1900. Photographic prints have also been produced over the years - all available on the internet by typing the name of the painting in your search engine. Nelson's mother died when he was nine. Here Horatio, the famous sea-faring hero of the British Navy during the Napoleonic War years is dressed in his midshipman's uniform bidding farewell to the grandmother who raised him. It was Nelson’s first departure for sea in 1771. A great painting for nautical, military and art lovers alike. For fans of the Master and Commander movie starring Russell Crow, and the books by Patrick O’Brien, this is a great work of art for your home or office.
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