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Pictured: Andrew Aldridge of Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd with the painting of Nelson being taken to his first command.
A lost painting of Admiral Lord Nelson has sold for £12,000 after being discovered in a farmhouse.
The remarkable oil painting belonged to a direct descendant of Britain's greatest sailor and had never been seen in public before prior to the sale with auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son, of Devizes, Wilts.
It was commissioned to celebrate the marriage of Nelson's niece Charlotte to the son of Admiral Lord Hood, who Nelson served under.
The painting shows the then Captain Nelson sat in an open sailing boat being taken towards HMS Agamemnon in 1793. It was produced by master maritime painter Clarkson Stanfield in 1810, five years after Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar.
The art work remained in the Hood/Nelson family and has been passed down through the generations over the past 210 years. Its last owner, a great, great-grandson of Charlotte, hung it in his farmhouse home in Wiltshire.