Lord Cornwallis, 1786


“Lord Cornwallis.”  From John Andrews’ History of the War with America, France, Spain and Holland; commencing in 1775 and ending in 1783.  London: John Fielding, March 31, 1786.  Engraving.  5 3/4 x 3 5/8.  Very good condition.


An excellent, contemporary portrait of the Lord Charles Cornwallis.  Cornwallis was a seminal figure in the American War of Independence and so this excellent life-portrait was included in John Andrews’ History of the War.  Howe was the commander of the southern British army beginning in 1780.  Expecting to win the war with support of an expected Loyalist uprising, Cornwallis instead was out maneuvered and ended up surrounding his army to Washington at Yorktown in October 1781, effectively ending the war with the Americans victorious.  Such contemporary portraits of figures from the American Revolution are quite rare and desirable, and this is not exception.