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A happy birthday to the Hero of Trafalgar, the great English naval genius, Horatio, Lord Nelson (29 September 1758–21 October 1805).  True, that is Laurence Olivier above, playing Nelson in That Hamilton Woman, but wouldn’t you rather look at that Nelson than this one?

Nelson, portrait by John Hoppner (ca. 1823):

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But hero he was, nonetheless, and here is his apotheosis, in an 1805 painting by Scott Pierre Nicolas Legrand

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