Sir William Beechey’s portrait of Nelson is on show at Norwich Castle as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s COMING HOME project, which sees the Gallery loan fifty portraits of iconic individuals to places across the UK with which they are most closely associated.

12 October 2019 to 26 January 2020

Painted in 1800, this portrait of Norfolk’s great hero was commissioned by the City of Norwich. It shows Nelson with an air of quiet self-confidence and is thought to be the most accurate likeness of him. The Admiral was killed by a sniper at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 whilst destroying the French and Spanish fleets.

The National Portrait Gallery has been collecting portraits of men and women who have made a significant contribution to British life and history since 1856.

COMING HOME has been made possible by the National Portrait Gallery, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, generous contributions from The Thompson Family Charitable Trust and funds raised at the Gallery’s Portrait Gala in 2017.

Visit the National Portrait Gallery website at for more information about the project.

Picture credit: Horatio Nelson by Sir William Beechey, oil on canvas, 1800, © National Portrait Gallery, London. On loan from the National Portrait Gallery.