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Prospect of St Peter's Port & Town in the Island of Guernsey taken from Castle Cornet.
Prospect of St Peter's Port & Town in the Island of Guernsey taken from Castle Cornet.
J. Bastide Delin. C. Lempriere Perfec. W.H. Toms Sculp.
[n.d., .1738].
Engraving from two plates. Sheet 335 x 515mm (13¼ x 20¼"). Trimmed within plate, top corners with loss to printed borders.
A view of St Peter Port from the sea, highlighting the new protective piers. John Henry Bastide (c.1700-70) of the Corps of Engineers was based in the Channel Islands from 1726 to 1739, maintaining the defences. Sketches he made were finished by Claude Lemprière and published as 'General and Particular Prospects of the Islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Serc, Arm and Jethou'. From 1740 Bastide was chief engineer at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, with responsibility for New England. In 1745 he helped in the siege and capture of Louisbourg; in 1756 he was Director of Engineers at Minorca when the French captured Fort St Philip during the Seven Years' War; in 1758 he returned to Louisbourg, taking charge of the fort's demolition after its capture; and in 1762 he helped construct Halifax Citadel and the defences to Halifax Harbour. He was promoted to lieutenant-general five months before he died in 1770.
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