About this artwork

This portrait was painted over 50 years after Abercromby’s death. It is painted after another portrait by John Hoppner, also in the National Galleries of Scotland Collections. The painting commemorates the British victory against the French near Alexandria in Egypt and preceded by the daring disembarkation. The painting shows Abercromby standing in the camp they had set up at Aboukir Bay after their successful landing, Abercromby holds his battle plan ready to march to Alexandria. His great victory defeated the French and made Britain’s eastern empire secure. In the background you can make out the Piillar of Pompey at Alexandria.

Colvin Smith

John Hoppner

Colvin Smith

John Hoppner