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The Honble. Robert Monckton Major General; Governor of New York and Colonel of His Majesty�?�¢??s 17th Regt. of Foot.

  • ARTIST: Thomas Hudson

  • PUBLISHER: Published in London.

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint,

    DATE: c.1761.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 12 3/8 x 9 13/16" (31.3 x 25 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: This is a version of J. McArdell's 1671 image after Hudson's original. Robert Monckton (1726-1782) was one of the most prominent British officers to participate in the wars against France in North America and Canada. He sailed to Nova Scotia in 1752 and took command of Fort Lawrence. After capturing Fort Beausejour, he became Acting Governor of Nova Scotia in the absence of Charles Lawrence. He led a battalion at the siege of Louisburg and was second in command to General Wolfe at the capture of Quebec. <br><br> In 1760, Monckton seized the rich sugar island of Martinique from French control. This victory was considered one of the crowning points of his military career, since Martinique was a lucrative prize and one of France’s most important slave trading bases. Following his success in the Caribbean, Monckton became commander of British forces in Pennsylvania, and in 1761 was appointed Governor of New York. <br><br> In 1763, he returned to England and was made Governor of Berwick-on-Tweed and Governor of Portsmouth. At the outbreak of the Revolution, Monckton was offered a commission to return to America, but he refused to take up arms against the colonies.


  • CONDITION: Black and white. Strong impression. Trimmed hairline margins. Lower left title margin has been restored.