Ca1770 French & Indian War Engraved Portrait Of French Naval Officer De L'isle
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Ca1770 French & Indian War Engraved Portrait Of French Naval Officer De L'isle:
Very rare and very beautiful, original, ca1770, Copper Plate Engraved Portrait of the celebrated French Naval Officer and participant in the French and Indian War in North America Louis Joseph Beaussier De L'Isle. This outstanding, Engraved Portrait is fully titled "Louis Joseph Beaussier De L'Isle / Chef de Escadre 1764 / Mort a Brest, 4 Juin 1765” (rough translation "Louis Joseph De L'Isle Beaussier / 1764 Rear Admiral / Death in Brest, June 4, 1765").
This very attractive, 18th century Portrait of Louis Joseph Beaussier De L'Isle measures approx. 7” by 8 1/4” (sheet size) including margins of 3/4" to 1 1/2" on each edge. The Image is a bust portrait Beaussier De L'Isle in oval with sailing ships in the background.
Louis-Joseph Beaussier de Lisle (1701 – June 4, 1765) was a career naval officer from one of the oldest families of Toulon, France. Beaussier had a long and varied naval career and by 1750 had made captain. He also was made a knight of the Order of Saint Louis. In 1755 he captained a ship that brought assistance to Canada and Louisbourg during the French and Indian War. In 1756, he brought six ships to Quebec carrying Montcalm and 1,300 troops as reinforcements. While returning to France, he engaged two English ships at Fort Louisbourg and badly damaged them. In 1758, he commanded a ship in a squadron that sailed to Louisbourg to assist governor Drucour in its defence. After the Siege of Louisbourg, the fortress fell to the English on July 27, 1758 and Beaussier was taken prisoner with the rest of the garrison.
This wonderful Engraved Portrait of Louis Joseph Beaussier De L'Isle came to us as a part of a simply amazing archive of 17th, 18th and a few 19th century maps, views and portraits related to the French and British colonies in North America. The Archive was put together in the mid 19th century by a Canadian collector and contains many items of great rarity and beauty. All of the items in this archive are exceptionally well preserved with most exhibiting no wear or damage of any kind. There are over 160 items in this archive and we have been offering these rarities over the past few months as part of our regular, weekly sales.
This wonderful Engraved Portrait is 100%, unconditionally guaranteed to be an original, ca1770 printing and not a restrike, reprint or reproduction. It is in very good to excellent condition - clean and crisp in the image area with some light soiling in the margins. There is some light, uniform age toning to the sheet but no tears, edge chipping, physical damage or repairs of any kind. Overall this is a well preserved and very attractive example of this important Canada / North American related portrait.
A very rare and beautiful, ca1770, Engraved Portrait of the celebrated French Naval Officer of French & Indian War fame, Louis Joseph De L'Isle Beaussier and a fantastic addition to any collection!!
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