[King's Square / St Jago de la Vega]
[Publish'd February 1 1824 by Hurst Robinson & Co 90 Cheapside & E. Lloyd, Harley Str.]
Aquatint with hand-colouring, watermark: 'J Whatman'; sheet 135 x 260mm (5¼ x 10¼"). Trimmed close to image, losing title and other text.
King's Square in St Jago de la Vega (Spanish Town), the capital of Jamaica until nearby Kingston became the capital in 1872. In the centre is the temple constructed by John Bacon for Admiral Rodney, commemorating his victory over the French at the Battle of the Saints in 1782. On the left is the House of Assembly and on the right is the King's House. Plate from James Hakewill's 'A Picturesque Tour of the island of Jamaica' (seven parts, 1824-5). Hakewill (1778-1843) was an architectural draughtsman best known for his books, which documented visits to Jamaica, Paris, and Italy (in which Hakewill's sketches were the basis for watercolours by JMW Turner subsequently engraved for the book).
Abbey 683.1; For Admiral Rodney see ref. 36624; for John Bacon see ref. 8781
[Ref: 37205] £160.00