First Lord of the Admiralty (174817–51, 1763 & 1771–1782). Instituted reforms in naval dockyards with Anson, but was later blamed for the rundown at the time of the American War of Independence. Known as 'Jemmy Twitcher' for his part in the prosecution of his friend Wilkes. The Sandwich Islands were named after him. However, his most lasting contribution to British culture is his invention of the now-familiar snack – the sandwich. Aged nineteen, Sandwich made an intrepid Grand Tour to Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt. This portrait celebrates his adventure and shows him wearing the exotic fur-lined costume – complete with turban and dagger – that he had adopted when travelling in the East. His experiences and interests are seen in the view of Istanbul's Haghia Sophia and the drawing of the Pyramids on the table.
Where to see this painting?
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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