The Hon.ble George Cranfield Berkeley Knight of the Shire for the County of Gloucester Captain in his Majesty's Royal Navy, And Surveyor General of the Ordnance.
Published Feb. 17th 1794, by John Fairburn, No.146 Minories London.
Mezzotint engraving, 660 x 455mm. Vertical crease breaking mezzotint surface lower right edge of plate.
George Cranfield Berkeley (1753 - 1818), admiral, entered the navy in 1766 on board the Mary yacht, under the flag of his cousin, Rear-admiral Keppel, then appointed to carry over to Denmark the unfortunate Caroline Matilda. Young Berkeley was for some time the queen's page, and was afterwards appointed to the Guernsey, 50 guns, bearing the broad pennant of Commodore Pallisser, then going out as governor of Newfoundland. Here he had the peculiar advantage of instruction from Mr. Gilbert, then master of the Guernsey, and afterwards of the Resolution with Captain Cook, and assisted him in the survey of the coast of Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In 1812 he retired altogether from active, and indeed from public life; for twenty-seven years (1783 - 1810) he had represented Gloucestershire in parliament, and had been a persistent supporter of Pitt, and an uncompromising opponent of the Addington ministry. The publisher Faitburn has re-issued this plate first published by B. Evans in 1793
Chaloner Smith: pg.61.
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