Sr. Thomas Allin of Somerliton in the County of Suffolk Kn.t an Barronett.Who after an entire dedication of this Life and Fortune to the Service of the Crowne under his blessed Maister King Charles ye jst, &during the Exile of his late Maty King Charles ye 2d, has (since ye happy Restauration of the Latter) had ye honour of serving him, both in Peace & war, under ye auspicious Comand of his Roy.ll Brother our now Soveraigne Lord King James ye 2.d; thrice as Admirall of his Fleets in the British & Mediterranean Seas, Cap.tn of Sandgate Castle, Ma:r of the hono:ble Fraternity of ye Trinity House at Deptford Strond, & Comptrol:r of the Royall Navy of England.
Anno Dom: 1685. Aetatis suae 73. [n.d. c.1685, but later.]
Engraving,, scarce & large portrait. 513 x 368mm. 20¼ x 14½". Trimmed. Collector's stamp verso of Reverend James Burleigh (L.1425).
Bust portrait, body to left, head turned and looking towards the viewer, with long dark curly hair, shirt with frills at front, in an armour; in an oval frame with palm leaves, on a console with dolphins, cannons, spears and anchors; coat-of-arms with four star and three sword charges, a helmet and sword crest, motto: "Fortune deguere", in a frame with lion's head. Sir Thomas Allin (1612-1685), Royal Navy officer who saw service in the English Civil War, and the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars. A Royalist during the Civil War, he returned to service after the Restoration and eventually rose to the rank of Admiral after serving under some of the most distinguished military figures of the era, including Prince Rupert of the Rhine.
[Ref: 27644] £360.00