To the Right Honourable George Dunk Earl of Halifax...This Plate representing the Governor's House and St. Mather's Meeting House, in Holles Street, also looking up George Street shews Part of the parade and Citadel-Hill at Halifax in Nova Scotia
R. Short, 1764. Engraving, after Dominique Serres painting of Richard Short's drawing, engraved by Aveline. Captioned in English and French, with the arms of the Earl of Halifax. Sheet size: 17 1/4 x 23 1/8 inches.
An important and very rare print from a "fine set ... most important historically" (Spendlove).
Richard Short was purser onboard H.M.S. Prince of Orange, and served at the siege of Quebec in 1759. Clearly, he was allowed a certain amount of lee-way, for in addition to his commissioned drawings of Quebec, he also had time enough to produce a series of views of Halifax, the main anchorage for the British fleet. Short's Halifax drawings were evidently worked up into paintings by Dominique Serres, Marine Painter to George III and an artist of considerable reputation and ability, and then engraved by a number of well-known and highly talented London engravers and the resulting six plates originally published by Short himself in 1761. Spendlove writes of the series: "the composition and design of the pictures is pleasing, perspective is good, and buildings are extremely well handled. Human figures are done convincingly and show action ... they constitute a fine set of prints [and are] ... most important historically."
Spendlove, The Face of Early Canada (1958) pp. 11-12.