The Honble: William Rowley Esqr:Vice Admiral of the White and Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Fleet in the Mediterranean 1745.
Sod by T. Jefferys at the Corner of St. Martins Lane Charing Cross and W. Herbert at the Golden Globe on London Bridge.
Mezzotint with small margins, fine; platemark 355 x 255mm (14¼ x 10¼"). Slight foxing; ms lower right 'Capt. 26 June 1716'
William Rowley (c.1690-1768), K.B., naval officer, beside a cannon. He greatly distinguished himself in the lost Battle of Toulon (1744) on HMS Stirling Castle. He became Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Fleet in the Mediterranean in 1745 for the rest of the War of Austrian Succession. He successfully kept the Spanish and French fleets in their harbours. He became Rear-Admiral in 1749, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty in 1751 and Admiral of the Fleet on December 17, 1762. He was also a Knight in the Order of the Bath. He entered Parliament in 1750 as member for Taunton, and represented that town until 1754. in that year he was chosen to represent Portsmouth until 1761.
Ex Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 29 ii/ii
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