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The Seven Years War (1756-63)

Manuscript and printed maps and views, correspondence and journals from the first global war


Havana, 1762

To the Hon.ble Will,,m Keppel, Colonel of HIS Majesty’s 56,,th Regiment of Foot, and MAJOR GEN.L ON THE Expedition under the Command of the Right Hon,,ble the Earl of Albemarle, / This PERSPECTIVE VIEW of Entring THE BREACH of the...

1765 or later

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the backing paper brought round the edges of the recto | 44.5 x 62.2 cm (image) | RCIN 733043.i

A view of the breach in Fort Morro on 30 July 1762. Seven Years War (1756-63).

One of a collection of ten (RCINs 733043.a-j) out of twelve prints. See the main entry at RCIN 733043.

These plates, which were painted by Serres after a series of sketches by Philip Orsbridge who was a Lieutenant on board the Orford, depict different stages of the British siege of Havana which took place between 6 June and 13 August 1762. The British combined operations force of 200 transports with 12,000 troops and twenty ships of the line with 17,000 sailors was commanded by Lieutenant-General George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle (1724-72), Vice-Admiral Sir George Pocock (1706-92), and Major-General George Augustus Eliott (1717-90).

British Museum Registration No. 1917, 1208.3293 and 1849, 1003.18.

Condition: one fold line. Verso: brown discolouration.
  • Philip Orsbridge (d. 1766) (artist and publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] Drawn on the Spot design’d & publ.d as the Act directs.

    Dominic Serres the Elder (1722-93) (artist) [bottom left, below view:] Serres pinx.

    Pierre Charles Canot (1710-77) (engraver) [bottom right, below view:] Canot sculp.

  • Watermark: On backing paper, indistinct

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: brown discolouration

  • 40.1 x 62.2 cm (neatline)

    44.5 x 62.2 cm (image)

    trimmed (platemark)

    45.0 x 63.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To the Hon.ble Will,,m Keppel, Colonel of HIS Majesty’s 56,,th Regiment of Foot, and MAJOR GEN.L ON THE Expedition under the Command of the Right Hon,,ble the Earl of Albemarle, / This PERSPECTIVE VIEW of Entring THE BREACH of the MORO CASTLE, BY STORM the 30,,th of JULY 1762, between the Hours of 1 and 2 in the AFTERNOON, / Also a View of HIS Majesty’s Ship Alcide, & a Number of Flat Boats mann’d & arm’d; Is most humbly Inscribed by his most devoted humble Servant, / Philip Orsbridge. [bottom left of title:] Plate 9. [bottom, below view, to each side of Keppel's coat of arms]


    George III heading: none.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] Walpole 2/381; [bottom left, black pencil:] 73; [right, black pencil, obscured by paper:] Walpole / 2/381; [bottom right, black pencil:] C12; [bottom right, black pencil, in a modern hand:] XIII/43 (ix) 25 Sept 86 [no CMB].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Havana Twelve Historical Views of the glorious Expedition of His Majesty’s Ships and Forces against the Havana in 1762, under the command of Sir George Pocock, Lord Albemarle and Rear Admiral Keppel: by Ph. Orsbridge: painted by Serres and engraved by Canot and Mason: with an Explanation.

  • Subject(s)

    Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba (23°07'58"N 82°22'58"W)

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024