Colonel James Read.One of the Fathers of the American Navy.
[Philadelphia, USA: S. Sartain, n.d., c.1870.]
Steel engraving, with large margins, image 135 x 100mm. 5¼ x 4". Some light marginal spotting and soiling.
Portrait of American soldier James Read (1743 - 1822), promoted from 1st lieutenant to colonel for gallant services at the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, and Germantown during the American Revolutionary War. He was appointed one of the three commissioners of the navy for the middle states by Congress on 4 November, 1778, and on 11 January, 1781, was invested by the same body with sole power to conduct the navy board. Biography below title, and pasted below that a typescript cutting recording that the portrait was presented to Roland Bonaparte, Prince of Canino and Musignano (1858 – 1924) by a great-nephew of the sitter, one General Meredith Read. According to a pen inscription in French to verso, the gift was received in 1895. Samuel Sartain (1830 - 1906), engraver.
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