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The battle of Alexandria: Sir Ralph Abercromby (Abercrombie) is wounded in the thigh. Engraving by E. Mitchell, 1805, after J. Northcote.

  • Northcote, James, 1746-1831
Date
Dec.r 10, 1805
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547645i
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In this depiction Abercromby, having been wounded in the thigh by a musket ball at the Battle of Alexandria, is being gently lifted down from his horse by fellow officers while the battle continues in the background. "Either because of his not inconsiderable courage, his severe short-sightedness, or both he had strayed dangerously close to the enemy. In the poor light he only narrowly escaped capture by a French dragoon and, not long afterwards, was struck by a musket ball in the thigh and was evacuated to the fleet's flagship, HMS Foudroyant. Even then his concern for the well-being and efficiency of the rank and file shone forth; he insisted that a soldier's blanket that had been fashioned into a pillow for him by an aide should be returned to its rightful owner at once. After rallying a little he faltered, and finally succumbed to septicaemia at 11 p.m. on 28 March 1801 [in Malta]." (Oxford dictionary of national biography)

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London : Published as the Act directs, Dec.r 10, 1805.

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1 print : engraving ; platemark 57.8 x 60.5 cm

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The death of Abercrombie. Painted by Ja.s Northcote R.A. ; Engraved by E. Mitchell Edin.r. To his excellency Francis Earl Moira, commander of His Majesty's forces in Scotland, this engraving representing the death of Sir Ralph Abercrombie, K.B. is humbly dedicated by his lordship's very obed.t and obliged serv.t Edward Mitchell.

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Wellcome Library no. 547645i

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