[Admiral John Willet Payne.]
[London: Pub.d Nov.r 12, 1813 by Colnaghi & Co., 23 Cockspur Street.]
Mezzotint, proof before all letters. 390 x 290mm.
John Willett Payne, 1752-1803, rear-admiral, born on St. Kitts in the West Indies. In peacetime he became the private secretary, comptroller of the household, and personal friend of the Prince of Wales. The DNB states 'There is no doubt that he was the associate of the prince in his vices and his supporter in his baser intrigues'. Late in the 1780s he became MP for Huntingdon, supporting the prince's regency. Returning to the sea in 1793 he played a distinguished part in the battle of the 'Glorious First of June', 1794, for which he received the gold medal. In 1799 he was promoted to the rank of rear-admiral, and in August he was appointed treasurer of Greenwich Hospital, where he died on 17 Nov. 1803.
The NMM has a proof mezzotint after Hoppner which they ascribe to the engraver Charles Turner. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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