A View of the South Face of the Morro Castle taken from the Town. December 1762 by the Hon'ble Wm. Harcourt.
Etching printed on coloured paper. 365 x 255mm. Trimmed to plate, left corner repaired in margin.
Morro Castle Spanish: Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro) is a picturesque fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay in Havana, Cuba. Juan Bautista Antonelli, an Italian engineer, was commissioned to design the structure. When it was built in 1589, Cuba was under the control of Spain. The castle, named after the biblical Magi, was later captured by the British in 1762. Field Marshal William Harcourt, 3rd Earl Harcourt, GCB [1743 – 1830] was an English nobleman and soldier. He was the younger son of Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt. As a young man he took "an ensigncy" in the First Foot Guards Light Dragoons, in October 1759. The regiment had been raised at his father's expense and was known as Harcourt's Black. In 1760 Harcourt was sent to Mecklenburg-Strelitz to escort to England the consort-elect of George III and he was appointed to a post in the Royal Household. He was aide-de-camp to Lord Albemarle at Havana in 1762. Brother of George Simon, [Viscouint Nuneham] 2nd Earl Harcourt.
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