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These Historical Views of the late glorious expedition, of his Brittanic Majesty's ships and forces against the Havannah under the command of Sir George Pocock, the Rt. Honble Lord Albermarle, and Rear Admiral Keppel...

ORSBRIDGE Lieut. Philip.; SERRES Dominique ([1766].)

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First edition. Frontispiece & 12 engraved images. Folio. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, rebacked with new corners, red morocco label gilt to upper board. London, n.d. but

A wonderful commemoration of the English victory over Spain at the Battle of Havana in 1762. This marked the final phase of the Seven Years War. Keppel led the battle under the overall command of Admiral Pocock. "Now, with Spain entering the war on the side of France, the cabinet decided to attack Havana. The preliminary planning was done by Anson. Admiral George Pocock was the naval commander and Keppel's elder brother, Lord Albemarle, commanded the army. Augustus Keppel was appointed as commodore and naval second in command. Though rightly dubious about Captain Augustus Hervey's proposal to bombard the fortress El Morro from the sea, Keppel gave solid support. The fortress was taken after six weeks of hard fighting, before yellow fever quite prevailed. On 11 August Havana itself surrendered" (ODNB).

 

Orsbridge served on the Orford under Captain Marriot Arbuthnot. The twelve beautifully executed plates here are all after images drawn on the spot by him and include every stage of approach, siege and capture. He would have been aware of the talented painter Dominique Serres, who at that time was engaged in producing paintings of Richard Short's drawings for his Twelve views of the Principal buildings in Quebec (1761) and his images of Halifax. Orsbridge engaged him for this series and all the plates are inscribed Serres pinxit. The first three images, plus the frontispiece, were advertised for sale in the Public Advertiser on 11 and 12 April 1764. There are some curious errors - the author's own name on the first eight plates, for example, being spelled "P.O.R. Sbridge" - which might be attributed to the speed of production. The whole set was completed by 21 May 1765, when it was advertised for sale at a cost of two guineas.

 

The images are captioned so extensively that they form an overview of the expedition itself. Several include a list of the ships pictured and the name of their commanding officers. They read as follows:

 

1. Sir George Pocock Knight of the Bath. Admiral of the Blue Squadron and Commander in Chief. This Perspective view of the Order of Sailing and Conducting His Majesty's Ships of War and Transports...

 

2. To the Rt Honbl the Lord's Commissioners for Executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of Great Britain &c. &c. of His Majesty's Ships on the Secret Expedition against the Havannah Down the Old Straights of Bahama in Seven Divisions taken the 2nd of June 1762.

 

3. To his Royal highness Lord Highness Duke of York and Albany Vice Admiral of the blue Squadron of his Majesty's Fleet Earl of Ulster in the Kingdom of Ireland K.G. & F.R.S. This Perspective View of the Engaging and taking the Spanish Frigates Phenix of 22 Nine Pounders, 175 Men and Thetis of 18 Six Pounders 65 Men with 2 Brigs by his Majesty's Frigate Alarm Of 32 Guns James Alms Esqr Commander in Sight of the Grand Fleet on the 3 June 1762...

 

4. To the Honble Augustus Keppel Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron of His Majesty's Fleet. This Plate representing the Landing of His Majesty's Forces under the Command of the Rt. Honble Earl of Albemarle. June 7th, 1762 at 10 o'clock in ye Morning on the Island of Cuba near the Fort Baccuranao between 2 & 3 Leagues from the Havannah ... The Whole conducted by Him from the Richmond, the Center by the Honble Aug John Hervey. The Right Wing by Captn Barton and Drake, the Left Wing by Captn Arbuthnot Jekyle the Reserve & Rear by Captn Wheelock.

 

5. To the Rt. Honble George Keppel, Earl of Albemarle, &c. &c. Commander in Chief of all His Majesty's Land Forces at the Attacks and Reduction of the Havannah, This Perspective View of the Landing and Marching the Troops along the Shore towards the Fort Cojlmar between the Hours of One and Three in the Afternoon of June 7th 1762: with the Transports anchoring along the Shore , also His Majesty's Ships Dragon and the Granada Bomb attacking the Fort and Batteries...

 

6. To His Royal Highness William Duke of Cumberland &c. &c. Knight of the Most Noble and Most Honble Orders of the Garter & Bath & F.R.S. This Perspective View of the Attacking and Taking the Castle and Batteries of Choera, June 11th, 1762 By His Majesty's Ship Belleiste the Eccho and Mercury Frigate and the Lurcher Cutter also the Nottingham standing off & on to Assist if Ordered And the Landing of all His Majesty's Marines uner the Command of the Honble Col. Willm Howe.

 

7. To Mariot Arbuthnot Esqr Commander of His Majesty's Ship of War Orford, at the Reduction of the Havannah in the Year 1762 This Perspective View of landing the Cannon, Bombs, Provisions and Water for the Army, June 30th between 6 and 7 i nthe Evening; the Orford making Signals to the Commodore with the Dragon, Cambridge & Marlborough bring with their Heads to the Sea for the Sterling Castle, to get to the Westward of them...

 

8. To the Honble Augustus John Hervey, Captain in His Majesty's Navy Coll. of Marines & one of the Gentlemen of His Majesty's Bed Chamber, This Perspective View of His Majesty's Ship Dragon Commanded by Him, Cambridge Wm Goofrey Esq. & Marlborough Thos Burnett Esq. attacking ye Moro July 1762. Also shewing the Distance the Sterling Castle Capt. Campbell who was appointed to lead the Van of this Squadron Was during the Attack, likewise Shewing the Land Attack...

 

9. To the Honble Willm Keppel, Colonel of His Majesty's 56th Regiment of Foot and Major Genl. on the Expedition under the Command of the Right Honble the Earl of Albemarle, This Perspective View of Entring The Breach of the Moro Castle By Storm the 30th of July between the Hours of 1 and 2 in the Afternoon, also a View of His Majesty's Ship Aleide & a Number of Flat Boats mann'd & arm'd...

 

10. To the Rt. Honble George Keppel, Earl of Albemarle &c. &c. Commander in Chief of all His Majesty's Land Forces at the Attacks and Reduction of the Havannah, This Perspective View of the Grand Attack of that City and Punto Castle Between the Hours of 5 and 10 in the Morning of Augt. 13, 1762 when a Flag of Truce Was hoisted on the Governor's Fort, & on Board the Spanish Admiral...

 

11. To Geo. Augtus Elliott Esqr, Majr Genl. of His Majesty's Army, Colonel of Light Horse, and Second in Command on the Glorious Expedition against Havannah, in the Year 1762, This Perspective View of His Majesty's Land Forces going in Flat Boats to take Possession of The North Gate of the City and Punto Castle on the 14 of August, Also Two Ships of War assisting to open the Booms...

 

12. To Sr George Pocock Knight of the Bath and Admiral of the Blue Squadron of His Majesty's Fleet, on the Expedition against the Havannah in 1762, This Perspective View of the Harbour with the Land to the West, the Moro Castle to the Eastward, and the Fleet entring the Harbour to take Possession on Augst 16 Lead By the Honble Augs Kepple in His Majesty's Ship Valiant...

 

Very rare: Not in ESTC, not in COPAC, OCLC locates a single copy at the Clements library.

Palau, 204784; Alan Russett, Dominic Serres 1719-1793 War Artist to the Navy. (Suffolk, 2001).

Stock Code: 224963