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Admiral Peter Rainer, MFA  04.1757

Admiral Peter Rainer, MFA 04.1757

Captain of HM 54th Reg't of Foot.

Captain of HM 54th Reg’t of Foot.

Meet Admiral Peter Rainier, painted sometime between 1778 and 1787. The curious thing about Admiral Rainier is that I know someone who looks uncannily like his portrait.

We found portraits in our collection that look like people we know, and there are people on the street who look like they stepped out of Sandby or Hogarth drawings, even if they’re not in period dress. Take a look: you’ll see it too.