ISRAEL PUTNAM ESQR. : MAJOR GENERAL OF THE CONNECTICUT FORCES, AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF AT THE ENGAGEMENT ON BUNCKERS-HILL NEAR BOSTON, 17 JUNE 1755.

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J. Wilkinson


Israel Putnam Esqr. : Major General of the Connecticut Forces, and Commander in Chief at the Engagement on Bunckers-Hill near Boston, 17 June 1755.

Mezzotint, 1775.
Image size 12 3/4 x 9 3/4" (32.3 x 24.6 cm).
Good to fair condition, has a vertical repaired tear in the upper left which extends 2 3/4".
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93839
Price: $4,250.00
Publisher : Published as the Act directs by C. Shepherd 9, Septr. 1775.
Variant state.

J. Wilkinson, pinx. A nice mezzotint portrait of General Israel Putnam (1718-1790). Putnam was a farmer and tavern keeper in Connecticut. During the French and Indian War served with Robert Rogers with the fabled Rogers’ Rangers. During the war he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Connecticut militia. During the Revolution he served with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill at Charlestown where he is credited with the quote "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." He suffered a depilating stroke in 1779 ending his military career.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Revolutionary War Figures

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