[J. S. Virtue & Co., London, early 1890s]. Coloured chromolithograph, 24 x 16cm (9 ' " x 6 '") mounted ' so overall 37 x 29cm (14 ' x 11 '"). Small amount of very light foxing almost exclusively to border, o/w FINE. This fine three-quarter length coloured chromolithographed portrait of Lord Nelson is one of the fine plates from Her Majesty's Navy ' by Lt. Charles Rathbone Low, published by Virtue in six volumes between 1890 and 1893. The portrait is by William Christian Symons (1845-1911), a close friend of Whistler and an artist with a modest nature which has led to his work being largely overlooked and under-appreciated. The portrait is after John Hoppner (1758-1810) and shows Nelson, his surviving hand resting on a rock, his head tilted slightly, and dressed in full uniform with his various awards and decorations. It was originally painted in 1801-2. Richard Bowyer in 1809 painted Nelson in a similar pose, his hand also on a rock, but with the subject facing right instead of left. A FINE and attractive portrait, mounted, ready for framing.