Two of England’s most loved naval commanders will feature in a new exhibition timed to mark the arrival into Sunderland of the Tall Ships.
Admiral Horatio Nelson and Newcastle-born Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, heroes of the Napoleonic Wars, will be remembered at an exhibition at Sunderland Museum, Library and Winter Gardens between Saturday 2nd June and Sunday 22nd July.
The exhibition, ‘Naval Heroes: Nelson and Collingwood’, will feature a famous portrait of Nelson by artist Lemuel Francis Abbott, painted in 1797, and on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Other paintings on show will include After Trafalgar by Frank Mason (1907); A Naval Engagement by Richard Paton (18th 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.
Other exhibits include a silver kettle presented to Collingwood by Newcastle Corporation after Trafalgar, and a letter written by Nelson on board his ship Victory in 1804.
“Two of England’s most loved naval commanders will feature in a new exhibition timed to mark the arrival into Sunderland of the Tall Ships”
A night telescope, reputed to have been used by Collingwood at Trafalgar and on loan from the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, will also be on show. A Wearside connection will be a Sunderland creamware mug, produced at Dawson’s Pottery in the city in about 1800. The mug shows ‘Lord Nelson Engaging the Toulon Fleet of the Mouths of the Nile.’
Shauna Gregg, Exhibitions, Collections and Archives Officer at Sunderland Museum, said: “We’ve collated a fascinating collection of paintings, prints and artefacts about Nelson and Collingwood and it seems fitting to time the exhibition for the visit of the Tall Ships.
Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “Staging the Naval Heroes exhibition in Sunderland is a great opportunity to celebrate our country’s rich maritime heritage, and our city hosting the Tall Ships which helps reminds us all of the magnificence of sailing ships.
The exhibition will be free of charge and open between 10:00 and 16:00 Mondays to Saturdays and between noon and 16:00 on Sunday.