S.r William Johnson Bar.t.Major General of the English Forces in North America.
Engraving. Sheet 175 x 105mm (7 x 4¼"). Trimmed within plate, laid on album paper.
Sir William Johnson (c.1715-74), Irish soldier who became 'Colonel of the Warriors of the Six Nations', commander of Iroquois forces fighting with the British against the French in 'King George's War' (1744-8), and a major general in the 'French and Indian War' (1754-63, the North American theatre of the Seven Years' War). This portrait seems to date from 1755, when his Crown Point expedition made him a hero and earned him his baronetcy. After this he left the army to become 'Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the northern colonies', although he still commanded native militias, most famously the 1,000 Iroquois warriors at the capture of Fort Niagara in 1759. After the war he was an important figure in maintaining the peace with the Iroquis.
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