Death of Captain Robert Manners


William Hamilton. “A more Exact Representation of An Affecting Event (which deprived this Country of a brave Officer) than is given in any other History of England whatever. The Gallant and Right Hon. Captain Lord Robert Manners Mortally Wounded, on board the Resolution, in the Glorious Victory obtained over the French Fleet, the 12th of April 1782, in the West Indies.” From Barnard’s New Complete and Authentic History of England. London: Edward Barnard, 1781-83. Engraving . On sheet 14 1/2 x 9. Very good condition.


From a series of contemporary prints of the American Revolution from Edward Barnard’s History of England. This delightful history was described on one of the prints as “A Work Universally Acknowledged to be the Best Performance of the Kind,-on account of It’s Impartiality, Accuracy, New Improvements, Superior Elegance, &c.” It was issued at the end of the eighteenth century in response to the growing demand for works on all subjects by a newly educated reading public in England. The history was full of prints on all aspects of English history, including this image of the the American Revolution.