Richard Livesay, Sir George Murray (1759-1819), wearing Naval uniform, he holds his sword in the crook of his left arm, beyond him an open window to a scene of ships and a rowing boat
Lot 170
Richard Livesay, Sir George Murray (1759-1819), wearing Naval uniform, he holds his sword in the crook of his left arm, beyond him an open window to a scene of ships and a rowing boat
Sold for £1,140 (US$ 1,786) inc. premium

Lot Details
Richard Livesay (British, c.1750-c.1823)
Sir George Murray (1759-1819), wearing Naval uniform, he holds his sword in the crook of his left arm, beyond him an open window to a scene of ships and a rowing boat.
oil on vellum, signed on obverse and dated R Livesay/ 1795, inscribed on reverse with the sitter's name, gilded wood frame.
Rectangular, 231mm (9in) high

Footnotes

  • Born in Chichester, Murray joined the frigate Niger aged eleven. He spent most of the period 1772-8 off North America. On his return home Murray was promoted lieutenant in 1778. The following year he was taken prisoner aboard the frigate Arethusa. After his release he continued his Naval career in the East Indies, Copenhagen, Halifax and Jamaica. In September 1795, he married Ann Teesdale and two weeks later he was back at sea.

    He was present at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797 and in 1798 Lord St Vincent sent him to join Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson in the Mediterranean as ‘Murray is too good a fellow to be left there [Lisbon] when so much is to be done’. Because of his earlier gained knowledge Murray led the fleet into action at the Battle of Copenhagen on 2 April, where his ship was badly damaged and he lost 31 of his crew. On the renewal of war Nelson selected Murray as his first captain on the Victory, a difficult post which he held during the long watch off Toulon (1803–5) and the chase to the West Indies in 1805. Murray was promoted rear-admiral on 23 April 1804. That November he was appointed commander-in-chief of the naval operations against Buenos Aires. He arrived only to witness the failure of General John Whitelocke's assault on Buenos Aires in July 1807.

    Murray returned home in January 1808 and was promoted vice-admiral the following year. He was then created KCB in 1815. He was an alderman of Chichester for many years and mayor in 1815. He is buried in the precincts of Chichester Cathedral.

    Richard Livesay was a pupil of Benjamin West. He taught drawing to George III's family from 1796 and was drawing master at the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth. He painted oil portraits and miniatures.
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