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Historical Artist - Lemuel Francis Abbott (1760 - 1803)

English painter, Lemuel Francis Abbot was known for his portraits. He only painted male sitters, often of naval officers or other important clients. Abbott was declared insane in1798 and his unfinished works were completed by other artists.

Lemuel Francis Abbot was famous for his portrait of Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (currently hanging in the Terracotta Room of number 10 Downing Street) and for those of other naval officers and literary figures of the 18th century.

Born in Leicestershire in 1760 or 1761, to the clergyman Lemuel Abbott and his wife Mary, he became in 1775 a pupil of Francis Hayman and lived in London.

Although he exhibited at the Royal Academy, Abbott never became an Academician. He became insane when he was about 40 and was attended by Dr Thomas Munro (1759–1833), the chief physician to Bethlem Hospital and a specialist in mental disorders. Abbott died in London on 5 December 1802.

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