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Admiral Keith Stewart (1739 – 3 March 1795)


Artist: Nathaniel Hone

He wears a gold trimmed blue coat and gold trimmed white waistcoat
Signed and dated 1760 on the obverse, set in the original gold bracelet clasp frame with amethyst border

Keith joined the Royal Navy in about 1753. He attained the rank of Captain in 1762, the promotion being one of the terms of his surrendering his seat in Parliament. He commanded HMS Berwick in 1777. He served under Admiral Keppel in the action off Ushant on 27 July 1778.

In June 1781 Stewart was given a North Sea command with the rank of Commodore. He served under Vice Admiral Hyde Parker in the Battle of Dogger Bank in August 1778.

In September 1778 he was given command of the squadron blockading Dutch ports. Although he resigned this appointment after a ship escaped, Stewart was a highly regarded Naval officer and his career continued. He served under Admiral Richard Howe in his expedition to Gibraltar.

Stewart became a rear admiral in 1790 and vice admiral in 1794.
More Information
Year                 1760
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 28 (# 85) 67 (sitter # 27).
1). The London Gazette: no. 13241. p. 599
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
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