a fine collection of large-scale naval views of the capture of havana by the british in 1762. rare.
When the Spanish sided with the French against England it was decided to attack Havana. "The preliminary planning was done by [George] Anson. Admiral George Pocock was the naval commander and Keppel's elder brother, Lord Albemarle, commanded the army. Augustus Keppel was appointed as commodore and naval second in command. Though rightly dubious about Captain Augustus Hervey's proposal to bombard the fortress El Morro from the sea, Keppel gave solid support. The fortress was taken after six weeks of hard fighting, before yellow fever quite prevailed. On 11 August Havana itself surrendered... Overall, the enterprise has been rated a masterpiece of planning, amphibious warfare, and naval prowess." (ODNB)
Philip Orsbridge was a lieutenant on board the Orford at the capture of Havana and he recorded in drawings the events as they unfolded. On his return to London he decided to turn his sketches to advantage by publishing them, following the example of Richard Short who had produced a similar set of prints depicting Wolf's campaign in Quebec in 1759. Orsbridge employed the same team as Short, including Dominic Serres who had made paintings of Short's drawings for the engravers to reproduce. Hence "Serres pinxit" on most of these plates.
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