REYNOLDS, Samuel William (1773-1835) after A.W. DEVIS (1762-1822)
[George Lord Harris] (1st Baron Harris)
London: Published by Colnaghi, 1824. Mezzotint. Proof before letters. Alternate state i/ii, before letters. In excellent condition apart from some light foxing in the margins. Image size: 11 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches. Sheet size: 14 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches. Plate mark: 13 7/8 x 10 inches.
A lovely rich impression of S.W Reynolds' mezzotint portrait of General George Harris, who was wounded in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Lord Harris (1746- 1829), a distinguished British General, participated in most of the major engagements during the American revolution and made a name for himself in India with the defeat of Tippo Sahib and the capture of Seringapatam. Harris fought in Lexington and at the battle of Bunkers Hill, where he received a serious wound to the head. When he returned to active duty in 1776 he was present at every major engagement of the revolution until he left for St. Lucia in 1778. In 1780, Harris was sent to India where he participated in the war against Tippo Sahib, eventually being appointed commandant of Fort William. A valiant soldier and excellent leader, Harris was highly esteemed in his day for his altruistic personality. He is said to have lent his military prize money, at considerable personal loss, to the Madras government when they were in financial straits. He was created a Peer in 1815.
Whitman, Samuel William Reynolds 134, not described; O'Donoghue, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits... in the British Museum 2; Lennox-Boyd & Stogdon, state not described.