The Honorable Edward Boscawen Vice Admiral of the Red Squadron of His Majesty's Fleet: And One of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty

A full length slightly to right of Edward Boscawen (1711–1761), wearing flag officer’s undress uniform, 1748–1767, and a wig. He stands on the rocky shore littered with sea creatures, and with his back to a stormy sea. A ship is visible in the distance on the left. Lettered beneath the image: ‘J. Reynolds Pinxt. Js. McArdell fecit. The Honourable Edward Boscawen Vice Admiral of the Red Squadron of His Majesty’s Fleet, And One of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty’. This portrait was engraved in mezzotint by James Macardell in 1757 after an original painting by Joshua Reynolds, which was painted between 1755 and 1757. Reynolds’s painting is currently owned by Lord Falmouth but the National Maritime Museum holds a nineteenth-century copy of the picture (see BHC2565). Macardell reissued this print in 1758 (one year after the initial publication) with an amended caption which described the sitter as 'Admiral of the Blue' (instead of 'Vice Admiral of the Red'), bringing the mezzotint up-to-date with the promotion that Boscawen had received on 7 February 1758 (see PAH5399). In late 1759, the portrait was re-engraved by Macardell as a three-quarter-length on a smaller plate. (Updated April 2019).

Object Details

ID: PAG9296
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Macardell, James; Reynolds, Joshua
People: Boscawen, Edward
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caldwell Collection
Measurements: Sheet: 508 x 357 mm

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