Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 9

Price Realized: $ 531
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(FRENCH & INDIAN WAR.) Purcell, engraver; after Reynolds. Sir Jeffrey Amherst . . . Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces in North America. Mezzotint, 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; tightly trimmed within platemark, mount remnants on verso, minor dampstaining, 1/4-inch of fill in upper left corner. [London: Ryland and Bryer, 1766]

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Jeffrey Amherst (1717-1797) was a British army officer who was victorious at Louisbourg in 1758, and then became commander in chief of the army in North America through the successful conclusion of the French and Indian War. In this portrait, he wears full armor, with his helmet resting on a map of Montreal. This is apparently a later state from the example held by the British Museum, with lines added for emphasis in the head and hands. Chaloner Smith, page 1008 (not noting later state).