Admiral; entered the Navy (1803), served in the East Indies (1810–1811), the Mediterranean (1828–1833), and as a minister to various European countries. On the imminence of the Crimean War in 1853, Lyons was appointed second-in-command of the Mediterranean fleet and became Commander-in-Chief (1855–1858). This portrait was painted in Constantinople. Watts visited the city in the winter of 1856–1857 to secure a permit in connection with an archaeological expedition and, while there, made the acquaintance of Lyons.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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