H. D. Chads [facsimile signature inside image area.]
London: Published by Henry Graves & Compy. April 20th 1855, Printsellers to the Queen_6 Pall Mall.
Engraving. 560 x 432mm. 22 x 17". Some small tears around in edges. Stain to top right-hand corner.
Admiral Sir Henry Ducie Chads, GCB (1788-1868) was an officer in the British Royal Navy who saw action from the Napoleonic Wars to the Crimean War. He entered the Royal Naval Academy at 12 years of age, and in 1803 embarked aboard the 74-gun ship of the line HMS Excellent, sharing in the defence of Gaeta and the capture of Capri. He later distinguished himself at the occupation of the Île de la Passe, gateway to the Île de France. In 1823, he was prominent in the expedition against Rangoon, as a result of which he was made Post Captain, created C.B. and received the thanks of the Government of India, and praise in the British House of Commons. In 1841-5 he was on the Chinese station in command of HMS Cambrian, and then commanded the Royal Navy’s gunnery school HMS Excellent. Chads reformed the whole system of naval gunnery, both as regards weight of metal and rapidity of fire. He was promoted Rear Admiral in 1854 and was third in command of the fleet sent to the Baltic under Sir Charles Napier, who claimed that Chads ‘knew more about gunnery than any man in the service'. He was one of the leaders in the bombardment and capture of the fortress of Bomarsund. He struck his flag in 1855, and as a reward for his services was created a K.C.B. From 1856 to the end of 1858, he held the command-in-chief in Ireland and in 1865 was created G.C.B. and received the Admiral's good service pension.
In the NMM.
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