Sir Will.m Sidney Smith K.T. of Sweden.
Pubd. by Bunney & Gold. Shoe Lane, Jan.1.1801.
Stipple. 222 x 140mm. 8¾ x 5½". Slight creasing.
Sir William Sidney Smith ( 1764-1840), admiral. He distinguished himself at the Battle of the Chesapeake in 1781 and, by helping the Turks repell Napoleon's siege of Acre in 1799, caused Bonaparte to say 'That man made me miss my destiny'. He was made Rear Admiral in 1805. In 1790, he was appointed to command the light squadron and to King Gustav III's principal naval adviser in the Royal Swedish Navy during the war between Sweden and Russia. The Swedish lost only four ships and had few casualties, for which Smith was knighted by the king with the Swedish Svärdsorden.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
[Ref: 25312] £65.00