- Museum number
Portrait medallion, jasper ware (stoneware), green dip, oval, with applied moulded bust in relief in profile to right of Admiral Sir John Jervis, First Earl of St. Vincent; beaded gilt metal frame with suspension loop. marked.
- Production date
- 1798 (modelled)
Height: 4 inches
- Curator's comments
Previously catalogued as Adam Duncan (Admiral).
Modelled by John de Vaere, 1798 (See Reilly and Savage 1973, p.297).
John de Vaere the distinction of modelling a set of four portraits of the great naval heroes, Admirals Nelson, Duncan, Howe and St Vincent in 1798, and his fine red waxes survive in the Wedgwood Museum, although they are now in a fragmentary state after being damaged by flood. The British Museum collection contains jasper ware por¬traits of Nelson (registration no. 1909,1201.153), Howe (1853,1104.5) and the Earl of St Vincent (this portrait).
Sir John Jervis, First Earl of St Vincent (1735-1823), was put in command of the Mediterranean fleet in 1797 and defeated the Spanish off Cape St Vincent. The medallion was issued not long after this victory for which he received an earldom and a pension. After subduing unrest amongst British sailors, he introduced a number of reforms as First Lord of the Admiralty between 1801 and 1804. The jasper portrait reveals a straightforward resolute character, perhaps somewhat idealised like the other portraits in the same series and like them all characterised by a severe profile pose. The cracking of the surface of the portrait is an unusual feature due perhaps to a faulty mixing of a particular batch of the jasper body; the white relief is, however, crisply finished and suggests a date of manufacture in the late eighteenth century.
- Not on display
- Many surface cracks.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number