A MARBLE WALL TABLET COMMEMORATING VICE-ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON, SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
held within an oak frame, the tablet inscribed as follows: 'Oft had Britannia sought midst dire alarms, / Divine Protection for her Sons in arms, / Generous and Brave, though not from vices free, / Britain, from Heaven received a mixed decree, / To crown their merits, but to check their pride, / God gave them Victory, but Nelson died. / D. D. [Duke of Devonshire]' with they year of Nelson's death '1805'
49cm. high, 61cm. wide; 1ft. 7½in., 2ft.
By repute George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758– 1834) or John Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer (1782–1845) for a private chapel on the Isle of Wight.
Sotheby's, London, Trafalgar, Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars, 5 October 2005, lot 208.
This ode was written by William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire (1748–1811) and was published postumously in the Morning Chronicle on the 30th November 1812.