Victorian watercolour of Portsmouth Harbour
Victorian watercolour of Portsmouth Harbour by Charles Burrard

Victorian watercolour of Portsmouth Harbour by Admiral Sir Charles Burrard

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Admiral Sir Charles Burrard (1793-1870)
Portsmouth Harbour

Watercolour, signed with initials, inscribed & dated 1858
Framed & glazed
Overall size including frame: 43.3 x 49.2 cm

Admiral Sir Charles Burrard was the second and last Baronet of Lymington. His naval career commenced in 1805 at the time of the wars with France, serving as a midshipman on HMS Victory in the early part of his career. He received his first commission in 1812 and his first command in 1814, being retired on to half-pay in 1846. He settled in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, producing six daughters with his wife Louisa.

In retirement the admiral took to painting and left a substantial number of watercolours, most of which appear to be in private hands. These meticulously drawn works were largely of the woodlands of the New Forest and Hampshire coastal and harbour scenes.