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19 Shelton Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9JN
Contact Nigel Talbot
Kate Alderson
Telephone 020 7836 1979
Specialists Antique Prints, Albums, UK & Foreign Views, Historical, Portraits, Mezzotints, Decorative, Sporting, Satire, David Roberts, Dogs, Naval & Marine
Grosvenor Prints
Stand K08

Havana under British occupation during the Seven Year's War

Elias Durnfold

A View of the City of the Havana, taken from the Road near Colonel Howe's Battery., London, Publish'd according to Act of Parliament Feb.y 1765 by Tho.s Jefferys, the Corner of St Martin's Lane. 1765

Scarce engraving. Sheet 365 x 530mm (14½ x 20¾").

Note
A view from a hill west of the Havana, looking down on the entrance to the harbour that was defended by the battery, named after William Howe (1729-1814). Howe played a major role in many of the successes of the Seven Years's War: he had led the ascent to the Plains of Abraham that led to the capture of Quebec in 1759; led a brigade during the Capture of Belle Île in 1761; and served as adjutant general of the Havana invasion force. However as Commander-in-Chief of British forces during the American War of Independence he was less successful, resigning in 1777.
One 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.
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.
The title is repeated in French and Spanish.

Condition
Trimmed to plate, worm trail in foliage bottom left corner of image.
£1,500