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The last ever portrait of Admiral Lord Nelson painted before he was killed in the Battle of Trafalgar has emerged for sale for 30,000 pounds.<br />
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Nelson, Britain's greatest Sea Lord, had been on a short visit to his home in Merton, London, in September 1805 when he was painted by John Whichelo.<br />
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While at his home, Nelson began plans for the Battle of Trafalgar and also said his goodbyes to lover Lady Emma Hamilton.<br />
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But just a month later, he was killed in action has he led the British navy to their famous win over Napoleon's forces.<br />
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The profile portrait depicts a grey-haired Nelson in Vice-Admiral's undress uniform with the Star of the Order of the Bath pinned to his chest.<br />
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The order was presented to Nelson following the British victory at Cape St Vincent in 1797, and it was pinned to his uniform when he was shot dead at Trafalgar.<br />
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In 1838 Whichelo presented the portrait to Admiral William Parker after teaching his son to paint.<br />
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It has remained in the Parker family ever since.<br />
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The portrait is expected to fetch £30,000 when it goes under the hammer.