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Watson, James Sir Jeffery Amherst [mezzotint by James Watson, after Joshua Reynolds]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04951 Author/Creator: Watson, James Place Written: London Type: Print Date: 1776 Pagination: 1 print ; 46.7 x 35.2 cm

Sold by Ryland and Bryer at the Kings Arms, in Cornhill. Printed by J. Watson. Sir Jeffery Amherst (Smith IV, 1488.2). Mezzotint based on a painting by Joshua Reynolds. "Knight of the Most Honorable Order of Bath, Governor of Virginia, Colonel of His Majesty's 15th & 60th Regiments of Foot, Lieutenant General & Commander in Chief Of His Majesty's Forces in North America from 1758 to 1764." He is posing with a map entitled "Plan of the Island of Montreal & its Environs." The background is largely dominated by dark clouds, although a river crowded with large boats is visible in the landscape behind the figure.

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