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A View of the Harbour & City of the Havana, taken from the Hill near the Road, Between La Regla & Guanavacoa.
A View of the Harbour & City of the Havana, taken from the Hill near the Road, Between La Regla & Guanavacoa. To the Right Honourable George Earl of Albemarle, Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces on the late Expedition to Cuba; These Six Views of the City, Harbour, & Country of the Havana, are most humbly Inscribed, By his Lordship's most Obedient & Devoted Humble Serv.t Elias Durnford, Engineer.
W. Elliott sculp.t.
Publish'd according to Act of Parliament Aug.t 1764 by T. Jefferys, Corner of St Martin's Lane.
Scarce engraving. Sheet 365 x 530mm (14½ x 20¾"), with 18th century watermark. Trimmed to plate, small tear in right edge, tiny worm hole.
The title plate of a set of six views of Havana drawn by Elias Durnford (1739-94) when he participated in the capture of Havana during the Seven Year's War. During the occupation he was aide-de-camp to Lord Albermarle. It shows the British fleet at anchor, with a key to places and plants under the title. The title is repeated in French and Spanish. At the end of the war in 1763 Durnford was appointed chief engineer and surveyor general of the new British colony of West Florida where he laid out the city plan for Pensacola in 1764. In 1769 he became Lieutenant Governor, a post he held into the American Revolutionary Wars, when he was captured by an overwhelming Spanish force in 1780. In the French Revolutionary Wars he was Chief Royal Engineer of the West Indies, campaigning against the French in Martinique, Guadaloupe and St. Lucia until his death from yellow fever on Tobago in 1794.
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