DERBY William (1786-1847)
Arthur William Acland Hood aged 16. Later Admiral, 1st Baron Hood of Avalon (1824-1901) Watercolour, gouache and gum arabic. Signed and dated, May 1840. Hood was a grandson of Captain Alexander Hood (1758-1798) and joined the Navy aged 12. In 1854 he was appointed Commander of the brig HMS Acorn. 1854-55 he fought with the Naval Brigade in the Crimean War. By May 1856 he was in China under Rear-Admiral Sir Michael Seymour (1802-1887) Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies and China Station. In June 1857 HMS Acorn was part of the fleet which destroyed the Chinese junks in the Battle of Fanshan Creek and in the attack on Canton. 1885 First Sea Lord. Retired in 1889. 14.25x10 inches. Original frame available.