[Vice Admiral S.r Edw.d Vernon.]
Publish'd as the Act directs Sept.r 1, 1791 by J.Jones, No 75 Great Portland Street, Portland Place.
Mezzotint, proof before title. With engraved bookplate of the Vernon family and Vernon's signature ink pasted in the inscription area. 665 x 335mm. Some faint damp staining, mainly in margins, some creasing.
Sir Edward Vernon, commanded the fleet that took Pondicherry in 1778. Subsequently he was promoted to rear-admiral in 1779 and returned to England early in 1781. He saw no more active service, but was made a vice-admiral in 1787 and admiral in 1794, only to die a few weeks later. In 1785 he made a couple of balloon ascents from Tottenham Court Road, one reaching Horsham, the other Colchester. He was only a distant relative of his more famous namesake. Apparently Vernon's own copy of this full-length portrait.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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