Nathaniel Greene, 1785


“General Green.”  From John Andrews’ History of the War with America, France, Spain and Holland; commencing in 1775 and ending in 1783.  London: John Fielding, Aug 12, 1785.  Engraving.  5 3/4 x 3 1/2.  Very good condition.

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An excellent, contemporary portrait of the important American Revolutionary Major General, Nathanael Greene.  Greene started the war as a private in the Rhode Island militia, he was promoted until he was generally accepted to be Washington’s most gifted military officer.  He was in command of the southern part of the Continental army, his tactics forcing British General Cornwallis to abandon the Carolinas and march north towards his final defeat at Yorktown.  This image comes from a British account of the American Revolution by John Andrews, issued just two years after the Treaty of Paris.  Such contemporary portraits of figures from the war are quite rare and desirable, and this is not exception.