In 1666, George Legge 'was, he knows not how, made a captain after he had been but one voyage at sea'. This is how James, Duke of York described the beginning of Legge's career. Despite going on to become a distinguished naval officer, Legge is best remembered for his final expedition as commander of the British fleet in 1688. This was when he failed to prevent William of Orange from landing at Torbay. In this portrait, probably made shortly before that final expedition in 1688, he wears ceremonial armour and carries a baton of command. In the background is a British man o' war flying the flag of St George.
Where to see this painting?
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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