George Bridges Rodney Esqr. Rear Admiral of the Blue, and Commander in Chief... at the reduction of Martino, St Lucia... 1762

A three-quarter-length portrait of George Bridges Rodney (bap. 1718, d. 1792) in flag officer’s undress uniform, 1748–1767, leaning his right hand on the fluke of an anchor in front of an overhanging cliff and a view of the sea. Lettered beneath the image with the title: ‘George Bridges Rodney Esqr. / Rear Admiral of the Blue, and Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Ships employ’d at the reduction of Martinico, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Granades, &c. &c. 1762.’ Also lettered with the production details and publication line: ‘J. Reynolds pinxit. / J. Watson fecit. / Sold by Ryland & Bryer, at the Kings Arms Cornhill.’ This portrait was engraved by James Watson after Joshua Reynolds’s oil painting of 1756–9, now at Petworth. It was published by William Wynne Ryland and Henry Bryer around 1762. The inscription refers to the capture of Martinique, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent in February 1762 by a fleet under Rodney’s command, working together with General Robert Monckton’s troops. The print was later republished with an amended inscription by John Boydell in May 1780 following Rodney’s famous victory against the Spanish off Cape St Vincent at the Moonlight Battle on 16 January 1780 (see PAG6408). (Updated May 2019.)

Object Details

ID: PAG6409
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Ryland & Bryer; Watson, James Reynolds, Joshua
People: Rodney, George Brydges
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 438 x 310 mm; Mount: 632 mm x 480 mm

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