General John Burgoyne, 1786


“Genl. Burgoyne.”  From John Andrews’ History of the War with America, France, Spain and Holland; commencing in 1775 and ending in 1783.  London: John Fielding, March 10, 1786.  Engraving by Cook.  5 3/4 x 3 1/2.  Very good condition.


An excellent, contemporary portrait of the General John Burgoyne from a British history of the American Revolution issued shortly after the Treaty of Paris which ended the war.  “Gentleman Johnny” was the leader of a large British force which he planned to march down the Hudson Valley, rendezvousing with another army under General Howe, thus cutting off New England from the rest of the colonies.  Howe’s force never marched and Burgoyne’s army was trapped by a superior American force near Saratoga, forcing him to surrender.  This was the greatest American victory of the time, a turning point in the war.  Such contemporary portraits of figures from the American Revolution are quite rare and desirable, and this is not exception.