Capt. Murray Maxwell, R.N.
Stipple, rare; sheet 215 x 135mm (8½ x 5¼"). Trimmed, as published; slight foxing.
Sir Murray Maxwell (1775-1831), naval officer. Maxwell commanded ships in the West Indies before he was appointed to the frigate 'Alceste' in 1807, on which he served with distinction in the Mediterranean. In 1812 he was appointed to the 'Daedelus', sailing to India, but when that ship was wrecked off Ceylon in 1813, Maxwell was re-appointed to the 'Alceste', conveying Lord Amherst to the emperor of China in 1816. While Amherst was in China, Maxwell explored the Gulf of Pecheli (Beizhili), the west coast of Korea—until then unknown except by hearsay, and drawn on the chart by imagination— and the Loo-Choo Islands. The results of this exploration were documented by Captain Basil Hall in his 'Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the Western Coast of Corea and the Great Loo-Choo Island' (1818). After Lord Amherst re-embarked in January 1817 the ship struck a rock near Pulo Leat and everyone was forced to flee the wrecked ship and make for shore, where they were eventually rescued (having been threatened by Malay pirates). Maxwell was knighted for his conduct in 1818, having been tried by court martial and fully acquitted in 1817 (the year this portrait was made). He subsequently commanded the 'Briton' on the South American station.
Not in O'D; for views from Clarke Abel's book published following the same embassy, see refs. 25037-9.
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