Picture Painted by L.F. Abbott. Engraved by Geo:Clint Dec 21st 1801
Commanded 28 gun ‘Dido’, assisted by ‘Lowestoffe’ Captain Robert Gambier Middleton, captured the French frigate Minerva 40 guns. June 24th 1795.
Captain George Henry Towry was then appointed to command Minerva. Later appointed to the 64 gun Diadem and served under Nelson in capturing a convoy. April 25 1796.
Ships of the Old Navy, A History of Sailing Ships of the Royal Navy.
Mrs Elizabeth Chamberlain Towry http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/portrait.asp?LinkID=mp85164&rNo=0&role=sit
Born in 1760, Lemuel Francis Abbott was the son of a clergyman in Leicestershire. At the age of 14 he became the pupil of Frank Hayman, with whom he studied until he moved to London to continue painting portraits. He began exhibiting at the Academy in 1788 and continued to exhibit right through until 1800. Admiral Nelson sat for him several times and his half length portrait of Nelson hangs at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, together with a full length portrait of Admiral Sir Peter Parker. His portraits have been engraved by Valentine Green, Skelton and Walker. After his early successes, Abbott’s reputation spread and he rapidly became overwhelmed with engagements. His overwork led to anxiety, insanity and, eventually, to his untimely death in 1803.