Full length standing portrait of Nelson, painted by Lemuel Francis Abbot (1760 - 1803) and engraved by William Barnard. Painted in 1797/98 following Nelson's attack on Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which can be seen burning in the background, and subsequently altered to show Nelson's Sicilian Order of St Ferdinand, the Turkish Order of the Crescent and the gold medal awarded by the King following the Nile victory.Admiral Lord Nelson, guardian of our shores and defender of our seaborne trade, was one of those people. A man who took risks to protect Britain’s interests and its people, and who helped to set the course for our modern world.

After the Battle of the Nile in 1798 a Lloyd’s committee raised the substantial sum of £38,000 to help the wounded and bereaved, and also donated a silver dinner service to Nelson “as a small token of their gratitude”. In 1803, two years before Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar, the committee of Lloyd’s merchants and underwriters founded the Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund to honour the brave and provide for the wounded and dependents of those killed in major Napoleonic battles.

As one of the oldest military charities in the UK, the Fund has been supporting the Armed Forces community for centuries, focusing on the needs of serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Since 2010, Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund has made grants of more than £2.7 million to help Britain’s Armed Forces.

And while not all he did was progressive, it is Nelson’s best qualities – from determination to friendship, from resilience to sacrifice – that we celebrate at Lloyd’s today, and honour in the Lloyd’s Nelson Collection.

The collection is a display of our prized and most important historical artefacts which are displayed in the Lloyd’s building in London.