The Funeral Procession of Lord Nelson
Engraver: Godby, J
Medium: Engraving, coloured
In 1806, Londoners paid their respects and said farewell to Lord Nelson. Such was Nelson's popularity that dense crowds gathered to watch the funeral procession as it snaked its way from Hyde Park to St Paul's Cathedral. The processors included naval comrades, militia regiments, officials, government ministers, the Lord Mayor and his Aldermen, noblemen and the Prince of Wales. As can be seen in this picture the angel carving and ship's hind on the funeral cart are based on Nelson's ship the Victory. The artist William Marshall Craig (c.1765 - c.1834) a frequent exhibitor at the R.A. from 1788, and tutor to Princess Charlotte. The label describes the publisher Orme as engraver and print seller to the King and Royal Family.