The battle of Alexandria: Sir Ralph Abercromby (Abercrombie) is wounded in the thigh. Engraving by F. Legat, 1805, after T. Stothard.

  • Stothard, Thomas, 1755-1834.
January 1st 1805
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In this depiction Abercromby, having been wounded in the thigh by a musket ball at the Battle of Alexandria, is lying on the ground accompanied by many fellow soldiers. "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)


London (3 Charles Street Middx. Hospital) : Published ... by Fra.s Legat, January 1st 1805.

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1 print : etching, with engraving, en chine ; sheet 47.8 x 61.3 cm, platemark 48.6 x 61.6 cm


The death of General Sir Ralph Abercromby K.B. Painted by Thomas Stothard Esq., R.A. Etched by Francis Legat, historical engraver to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.


[State with lettering partly open, partly scratched, and with unfinished areas of the engraving, especially the faces and the horse, right].


Wellcome Collection 547648i


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