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[2 Views: Taking Havana] To Mariot Arbuthnot ... This Perspective View, of landing the Cannon, Bombs, provisions, and Water, for the Army, June 30th between 6 and 7, in the Evening; the Orford making signals to the Commodore; with the Dragon, Cambridge, & Marlboroough, lying with their Heads to the Sea, for the Stirling Castle, to get to the Westward of them: Is most humbly inscribed by one of his lieutenants ... P.O.R. Sbridge
[N.p. but London, 1762. Copper engraving by Mason, after Serres from a drawing made "on the spot". Expert marginal repairs. Sheet size: 18 7/8 x 26 5/8 inches. [ With :] After Dominic SERRES. To the Honble. Augustus John Hervey ... This Perspective View, of His Majesty's Ship Dragon Commanded by him, Cambridge Wm. Godfrey ... & Marlborough Thos. Burnett ... attacking ye Moro July 1, 1762. Also shewing the Distance the Sterling Castlelanding the Cannon, Bombs, provisions, and Water, for the Army, June 30th between 6 and 7, in the Evening; the Orford making signals to the Commodore; with the Dragon, Cambridge, & Marlboroough, lying with their Heads to the Sea, for the Sterling Castle Capt. Campbell; ... was during the Attack, likewise shewing the Land Attack; Is most humbly inscribed by ... P.O.R. Sbridge. [N.p. but London: n.d. but c.1762]. Copper engraving by Canot, after Serres from a drawing made "on the spot". Expert marginal repairs. Sheet size: 18 1/2 x 25 5/8 inches. Spectacular images recalling the siege and capture of Havana in 1762. A fine pair of views from a series illustrating events during the capture and reduction of Havana by a force under the command of Sir George Pocock (1706-1792). In February 1762 Pocock "was appointed commander-in-chief of 'a secret expedition' ... which sailed from Spithead on 5 March ... On 26 April it arrived in Martinique, sailed again on 6 May, and ... landed ... the troops six miles to the eastward of Havana on 7 June ... The seige-works were at once commenced. A large body of seamen were put ashore, and 'were extremely useful in landing the cannon and ordnance stores , manning the batteries, making fascines, and supplying the army with water' (Beatson) [these preparations are shown in the first of the present plates]... By the 30th the batteries were ready, and on 1 July opened a heavy fire, supported by three ships of the line, under the immediate command of Captain Hervey of the Dragon [this incident is pictured in the second plate]. The Moro was engaged, but after some six hours, the ships were obliged to haul out of action, two of them - the Cambridge and the Dragon - having sustained heavy loss and much damage ... the English batteries gradually subdued the enemy's fire ... the Moro was taken by storm on 30 July, and on 13 Aug. the town ... surrendered by capitulation. The money value of the prize was enormous. The share of Pocock alone, as naval commander-in-chief, was 122,697l. 10s. 6d." ( DNB ). Dominic Serres 'was born in 1722 at Auch in Gascony, and was educated in the public school there... His parents intended him for the church, but, this not suiting his taste, he ran away from his native town, and made his way on foot into Spain. He there shipped on board a vessel for South America as a common sailor, and eventually became master of a trading vessel to the Havannah, where he was taken prisoner by a British frigate and brought to this country about 1758. After his release he married and lived for a time in Northamptonshire. He had received some instruction in drawing, and commenced life in England as a painter of naval pieces, for which the wars of the period furnished an abundance of subjects. He received some assistance from Charles Brooking, and soon established a position. In 1765 Serres became a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists, and exhibited with them for two years. On the establishment of the Royal Academy in 1768 he was chosen one of the foundation members, and was a constant contributor up to the time of his death. Between 1761 and 1793 he exhibited eight works at the Society of Artists, twenty-one at the Free Society, and 105 at the Royal Academy ... Serres was a good linguist. In 1792 he succeeded Wilton as librarian to the academy. He was also appointed marine-painter to George III, but he did not long hold these offices. He died in 1793, and was buried at St. Marylebone Old Church.' ( DNB ).
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