To the Friends of the Late William Locker Esqre. Lieutt. Governor of the Greenwich HospitalThis Plate is Inscribed As a Tribute of regard to his Memory.
[British, n.d., c.1800.]
Stipple, private plate (as inscribed lower right). Image 205 x 170mm, 8 x 6¾". Trimmed to plate.
Portrait of William Locker (1731 - 1800), officer in the Royal Navy; holding the handle of a cane in left hand, with a ship's mast and pennant in the background to left. Locker rose to the rank of captain and held the posts of flag captain and commodore. Whilst aboard HMS Sapphire, Locker was present at the defeat of the French at the Battle of Quiberon Bay on 20 November, 1759. By 1779, Locker's health was declining and was invalided out of the service. By 1787, with the prospect of war with France looming, Locker was appointed to regulate the impress service at Exeter. In the Spanish armament of 1790, he was appointed to command HMS Cambridge as flag-captain to Vice-Admiral Thomas Graves. Locker followed this with a period as commander-in-chief at Plymouth. He spent a brief period as commodore and commander-in-chief at the Nore in 1792, and on 15 February 1793 he was appointed lieutenant-governor of Greenwich Hospital. After Lemuel Francis Abbott (c.1760 - 1802).
[Ref: 23516] £140.00