Defence of Gibraltar


William Hamilton. “General G. A. Elliott, (Being a more accurate & exact Likeness of that Brave Commander than is given in any other History of England) The Gallant Defender and Preserver of the Important Garrison of Gibralter [sic] , against the Combined Efforts of France & Spain, Whose Battering Ships, &c. he Burnt and Destroyed but Humanely Saved 357 of the Perishing Beseigers from Impending Death, early in the Morning of Sep 14, 1782.” From Barnard’s New Complete and Authentic History of England. London: Edward Barnard, 1781-83. Engraving by Thornton. 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.