Richard Kempenfelt Esq.r Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron of His Majesty's Fleet.
Publish'd Oct.r 22.d 1782 by John Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside London.
Mezzotint. 390 x 280mm. Some spotting in margins.
Richard Kempenfelt (1718-1782). Saw service in the West Indies during the War of Jenkins' Ear (1739-48), including the capture of Portobello. In 1757 he joined the East Indies fleet, taking part in the capture of Pondicherry, 1761, and Manila. In 1781 he won the Battle of Ushant, with a vastly inferior force, defeating the French fleet under De Guichen and capturing twenty ships. Kempenfelt drowned in 1782 when the Royal George keeled over while at anchor off Spithead, drawing attention to the poor state of many British ships. The toll was over 900 lives. Tilly Kettle (1735-86) was a portrait painter and the first English painter to work in India, 1768-1776.
CS: 25, ii of ii. Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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