This major exhibition will gather together some of the most extraordinary and potent objects connected to Admiral Lord Nelson, reflecting his naval victories, his relationships and above all his affection for his native country of Norfolk.
At the heart of the show is the Tricolour Ensign of Le Généreux, captured in February 1800 by the Foudroyant, Nelson's flagship captained by Sir Edward Berry, also an adopted son of Norfolk. The Ensign from Le Généreux was immediately packed up and sent to Norwich and hung in St Andrews Hall until 1897.
The most iconic portrait of Nelson was painted by William Beechey in 1801 and usually hangs in Blackfriars Hall. It depicts Nelson in undress uniform, surrounded by symbols of his major victories. A French Tricolour Ensign lies on the deck at Nelson's feet, representing the Battle of the Nile, 1798, in which the French fleet was routed with only two ships of the line escaping destruction or capture, one of which was Le Généreux! In February 1800 Captain Berry & Nelson captured Le Généreux and gifted the flag to the City of Norwich.
This event will begin with a talk by exhibition curator Ruth Battersby-Tooke about the marvellous Beechey portrait, followed by lunch, after which Ruth will guide us through her magnificent exhibition.
Tickets £20 per person.
|Arrival and Coffee in the Castle Rotunda
|Talk by Ruth Battersby-Tooke in the Benefactors' Room
|Lunch: Chicken Caesar or Greek Feta Salad, Pavlova and Berries with Cream and soft drink
|Tour of the Norfolk and Nelson exhibition