[Charles, Earl Cornwallis.][Lieutenant General of His Majesty's Forces, &c. &c. &c.]
London. Publish'd March 15th. 1781, for Watson & Dickinson No. 158, New Bond Street.
Etching with stipple in red ink, fine proof before title, sheet 170 x 175mm. 6¾ x 7". Trimmed to plate at top and bottom.
Portrait in an oval of Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, KG (1738- 1805), British Army officer and colonial administrator. In the United States and Britain, he is best remembered as one of the leading generals in the American War of Independence. His 1781 surrender to a combined American-French force at the Siege of Yorktown is often incorrectly considered the end of the war; in fact, it continued for a further two years. Despite this defeat, he retained the confidence of successive British governments and continued to enjoy an active career. In India, where he served two terms as governor general, he is remembered for promulgating the Permanent Settlement. As Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, he argued for Catholic emancipation and oversaw the response to the 1798 Irish Rebellion and a French invasion of Ireland. After Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1736 - 1808).
From the Norman Blackburn Collection. De Vesme: 793, iii/iv.
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