(b. 1697, Grenoble, d. 1786, Aix-en-Provence)

Admiral Thomas Mathews

Oil on canvas, 127 x 102 cm
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

This is one of four surviving portraits Arnulphy painted of officers of a Royal Navy fleet lying off Toulon between 1742 and 1744.

Thomas Mathews (1676-1751) was a British officer of the Royal Navy, who rose to the rank of admiral. Arnulphy painted this portrait while Vice-Admiral of the Red and Commander-in-Chief of the English Mediterranean fleet, 1742-44. In the background is Hyères Bay, Toulon.

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