1781-83. Oil on canvas. 124 x 99 cm. Tate Gallery, London, UK. Read Note.
Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount (1725-86), Admiral; 2nd son of William Anne, 2nd Earl of Albemarle and his wife Lady Anne Lenox (1703-89). He sailed around the world with George Anson in 1740; in 1749 he went as commodore to the Mediterranean, taking Reynolds to Italy; rear-admiral of the Blue 21 Oct. 1762; vice-admiral 24 Oct.1770; after long-running quarrels with the Admiralty he was court-martialled in Feb.1779 for his conduct in the battle with the French off Ushand and, though acquitted, he was ordered to strike his flag the following April; he then retired from service, entering Parliament as MP for Surrey. Keppel, who was created a viscount 1782, never married. He was a lifelong friend of Reynolds.
Anne, Countess of Albemarle (1703-89) Lady Anne Lennox, daughter of the 1st Duke of Richmond (and so granddaughter of Charles II) and his wife, Anne, daughter of Lord Brudenell; married 21 Feb.1723, William Anne, 2nd Earl of Albemarle (d.1754). Among her numerous children were Augustus, Caroline and Elizabeth Keppel.
See: Sir Joshua Reynolds. Augustus Keppel. Augustus, 1st Viscount Keppel. Lady Elizabeth Keppel. Augustus Keppel. Anne, Countess of Albemarle.