Sir Benjamin D'Urban [facsimile signature]
Mezzotint on india paper, rare; sheet 435 x 320mm (17 x 12½"). Tear top left; slight damage and mount burn to edges. Proof impression.
Sir Benjamin D'Urban (1777-1849), army officer and colonial governor. D'Urban served in all the great battles of the Peninsular War (including Badajoz, Salamanca and Vitoria). In 1820 he became governor of Antigua, and in 1824 was made governor of Demerara and Essequibo, which he combined with Berbice to form British Guiana (of which he was first governor, from 1831). In 1833 D'Urban was appointed governor and commander-in-chief of the Cape of Good Hope. Despite his achievements, D'Urban was dismissed in 1837 for extending the frontier and undermining the chiefly structure of Xhosa society. D'Urban's governorship was marked by the great trek of Boers from eastern districts towards Port Natal (1836-8), which was occupied after his dismissal, but was given his name (ie Durban) as a mark of his popularity among the white colonial community. From a portrait by Thomas Mogford, who after exhibiting in London in the 1830s and 1840s moved to Guernsey to found a school of painting.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34118] £260.00