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Sir Archibald Campbell (1739-91)

Roseau, 1761

Perspective VIEW OF THE ATTACK OF Rozeau / in the Island of / DOMINIQUE by His Majesty’s Troops under y:e command of LORD ROLLO. / 6 June 1761 c.1761

Ink and watercolour on paper | 22.7 x 36.9 cm (image) | RCIN 733032.a

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A view of the British attack on Roseau, 6 June 1761. Seven Years War (1756-63)

The British combined operations expedition to Dominica in June 1761 was led by Col. Andrew Rollo, 5th Lord Rollo (1703-65; Brigadier-General in America) who was in command of 26,000 troops, and Commodore Sir James Douglas (1703-87; later Admiral Sir James Douglas), Commander-in-Chief at the leeward Islands, in command of four ships of the line and two frigates. 

The arrival of the British forces at Roseau on 6 June is shown in this view, with the two frigates in the foreground and the MontagueSutherlandBelliqueux and Douglas's flag ship the Dublin on the right. The smoke from the firing from the French batteries can be seen on the hillside above Roseau, together with a line of soldiers marching up the hill, with the French encampments to the right.

  • Sir Archibald Campbell (1739-91) (artist) [bottom right of title panel:] Archd Campbell Engineer fecit.

  • Watermark: Indistinct

    Mark, stamped: 928

    Condition: several fold lines, or lines possibly consistent with rolling, visible on verso only; small tear to left edge; surface dirt; double pin holes to three corners. Verso: more heavy surface dirt; ink smudges; induced discolouration

  • 19.4 x 36.3 cm (neatline)

    22.7 x 36.9 cm (image)

    28.7 x 40.0 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Perspective VIEW OF THE ATTACK OF Rozeau / in the Island of / DOMINIQUE by His Majesty’s Troops under y:e command of LORD ROLLO. / 6 June 1761. [bottom, below view, in rectangular panel]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Roseau 6 June 1761.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, red pencil:] 13/100; [top left, black pencil:] XVI/88; [top right, black pencil:] 8; [top right, black pencil, cropped:] N.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Roseau A drawn perspective View of the Attack of Roseau in the Island of Dominique, taken by His Majesty’s Troops under the command of Lord Rollo on the 6.th of June 1761: by Arch.d Campbell Eng.r A drawn perspective View of Roseau, taken on the 6.th of June 1761: by D.o [refers to 733032.b].

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Roseau, Dominica, Lesser Antilles (15°18'06"N 61°23'17"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    T.F. Henderson, 'Rollo, Andrew, fifth Lord Rollo (1703–1765)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004.

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