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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

Engraved by William Elliot after Elias Durnford

A View of the Franciscan Church & Convent in the City of Havana taken from the Alcalde's House in Granby Square., Publish'd according to Act of Parliament 1st Aug.t 1764 by T. Jefferys, the corner of St Martin's Lane. 1764

Scarce engraving. Sheet 365 x 530mm (14½ x 20¾"), 18th century watermark.

Note
A view of the basilica and the monastery of San Francisco de Asis (St. Francis of Assisi) in Old Havana, begun in 1580 but altered in the baroque style in 1730. Most of the building survives, including the tallest bell tower in Havana, but not the dome on the left. During the occupation by the British in 1762 it was commandeered for Anglican services, desecrating it in the eyes of the Catholics, so it was never used as a church again, although the monks remained in the monastery until 1841. It is now a concert hall for classical, chamber and choral music with a museum of religious artifacts and holy art in the cloisters.
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, Guadeloupe 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, bottom right corner creased, stain in title area.
£1,500