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Sir Charles Hardy. Admiral of the White, and Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Fleet, in the Channel.

  • ARTIST: Thomas Hudson

  • PUBLISHER: London Published as the Act directs 23d. of Septr 1779, by Robert Wilkinson at No. 58 in Cornhill.

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint,

    DATE: 1779

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 12 1/2 x 9 7/8" (317 x 252 mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Thos. Hudson pinxt. P. Dawe fecit. This striking portrait is a fine scratched proof impression of Dawe’s superb mezzotint of Sir Charles Hardy. As was customary at the period, Hardy is pictured in front of a Naval battle representing his victory over the French and Spanish fleets. Hardy was considered one of Britain’s most venerated Naval commanders, serving in Georgia and Carolina where he protected the British sea trade against Spanish privateers. After August Keppel’s retirement, he was placed in command of the Channel Fleet and in 1755 was appointed Governor of New York. He played a decisive role in the attack on Louisbourg and successfully deterred a dangerous invasion attempt by the French and Spanish fleets. Alternate state i/iii with title in scratch letters. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits 4, state not recorded; O'Donoghue, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits. . . in the British Museum 1; Lennox-Boyd & Stogdon, state not recorded.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Scratch Letter Proof

  • CONDITION: A nice impression in good condition with wide margins.