Elliot joined the Navy at the age of ten. He rose swiftly through the ranks, and by 1802 he was a commander. In 1803, he served in the Victory with Nelson, who regarded him as one of the best officers in the Navy. During the war against France Elliot saw active service in the Mediterranean and the East Indies.He was appointed the first Political Secretary of the Admiralty in the 1830s, and a Lord Commissioner from 1835. Elliot subsequently served as Commander-in-Chief at the Cape, and Commander-in-Chief and joint plenipotentiary in China.In the finished painting Elliot is seated on the Whig side, next to Lord Breadalbane who is addressing the House. As a young man Elliot was present at the battles of Cape St Vincent and the Nile and was highly esteemed by Nelson. At the time this sketch was made in 1834 he was secretary of the admiralty, becoming Commander-in-Chief at the Cape of Good Hope in 1837.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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