Lieut. General O'Hara Governor of ToulonConducted by two Soldiers after he was wounded in the Arm on the Height of Arenes near Toulon 20 Nov. 1793. Being faint by the loss of blood, was obliged to sit under a Wall, where he insisted on being left by the two Soldiers, whom he ordered to proceed and save themselves; in which he was taken Prisoner by the French.
Mezzotint with fine original hand colour, very scarce. 355 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Laid on board, three small worm holes.
General Charles O'Hara (1740-1802) saw service in the Seven Years' War and the American War of Independence, in which he was General Charles Cornwallis' second-in-command. He represented Cornwallis at the surrender after Yorktown. In 1792 he was made Governor of Gibraltar but the following year he was sent to support the French Royalists holding Toulon when they revolted during the Reign of Terror. With the city under siege and being bombarded, O'Hara commanded a sortie attempting to silence the batteries, but was wounded and captured (as shown in this print). A young Napoleon Bonaparte took his surrender, after which O'Hara was threatened with the guillotine, but instead spent two years in prison. Thus O'Hara has the distinction of surrendering to both George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte. He died in 1802 from complications from his war wounds.
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