[Sir John Borlase Warren, Bart, K.B.]
[1 Oct 1799.]
Etching and engraving. Proof before letters. Fine impression, 412 x 315mm. Horizontal fold crease through image, not visible from front. Trimmed to the platemark.
Sir John Borlase Warren, 1st Baronet (2 September 1753 – 27 February 1822), was an English admiral, politician and diplomat. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1769, but in 1771 entered the Royal Navy as an able seaman; in 1774 he became member of Parliament for Great Marlow; and in 1775 he was created a baronet. His career as a seaman really began in 1777, and two years later he obtained command of a ship. In April 1794, as Commodore of the frigate squadron off the north west French coast assisting in the blockade of Brest, Warren and his squadron captured a number of French frigates. In 1795 he commanded one of the two squadrons carrying troops for the Quiberon expedition and in 1796 his frigate squadron off Brest is said to have captured or destroyed 220 vessels. In October 1798 a French fleet, carrying 5000 men, sailed from Brest intending to invade Ireland. The plan was frustrated in no small part due to the squadron under his command. In 1802 he was sworn of the Privy Council and sent to St. Petersburg as ambassador extraordinary, but he did not forsake the sea, and in 1806 he captured a large French warship, the Marengo at the Action of 13 March 1806. He became an Admiral in 1810, and was commander-in-chief on the North American Station in 1813–1814. He died on 27 February 1822.
Parker: 1102. In the NMM. From the Collection of Viscount Hood.
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