Sir Jeffery Amherst,Knight of the most honorable Order of the Bath, Governor of Vriginia, Colonel of His Majesty's 15th & 60th Regiments of Foot, Lieutenant General & Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces in North America from 1758 to 1762.
Mezzotint, platemark 355 x 250mm (14 x 9¾"). Trimmed to plate along bottom; margins bit tatty.
Jeffery Amherst, (1717-1797), one of the major figures in eighteenth century military history. Amherst served in the British Army and as Commader-in-Chief of the Forces in many campaigns, including the Seven Years War, the American War of Independence, Governor of Virginia and the French Revolutionary War. Notoriously, Amherst suggested the use of contaminated blankets to spread smallpox to the Delaware and Shawnee native Americans surrounding Fort Pitt. He also served as the first British Governor General in Canada after the defeat of the French. Engraved after the 1765 portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds (now in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Massachusetts). Reynolds alludes to Amherst's greatest achievement, the conquest of Canada in 1760 in various ways: by showing the ribbon and star of the Order of the Bath he received for his victory; showing an annotated battleplan (barely visible at the bottom of this print although the crucial word 'Montreal' is clearly legible); and showing in the background Amherst's battalion negotiating the Saint Lawrence River, led by Iroquois guides in canoes.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Hamilton p.2; O'D 3; CS 1
[Ref: 34105] £290.00