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Lieutenant-General The Honourable Robert Monckton

Major-General (later Lieutenant-General) The Honourable Robert Monckton (1726-1782), at the Taking of Martinique, 1762.Oil on canvas by Benjamin West (1738-1820), 1763/4 (c), exhibited at the Society of Artists 1764.Listed in 1762 as a major-general (he later became a lieutenant-general), Monckton is wearing a general officer's frock coat: the single-spaced buttons and loops were later to be used to denote full generals. Still in his thirties, Monckton was a tall, imposing figure, who received the thanks of the House of Commons for his valiant conquest of Martinique.Monckton's military career was largely centred in North America, most significantly as General Wolfe's second-in-command at Quebec in 1759. From 1761-1763, he was Governor of New York. It was thus no coincidence that he chose the young American artist, Benjamin West, to record his grandest moment for posterity. In 1763 West had just arrived in London, en route from Italy to his native Pennsylvania, when he received the commission. His interpretation of the dignified general, with its fashionable Neo-Classical allusion to the Apollo Belvedere, was so successful that it was one of three paintings exhibited in 1764 that launched West's career in England. West went on to receive royal patronage and, in 1792, succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as President of the Royal Academy. In its day, his most famous painting, 'The Death of General Wolfe', (National Galleries of Canada), was innovative for treating a contemporary subject as a formal, academic 'history painting', with the principals dressed in their own clothes, as opposed to classical robes.The map in Monckton's right hand and the left-hand detail of the portrait make direct allusion to the most crucial part of the capture of Martinique. There had previously been several unsuccessful British attempts to take this important sugar island. In 1762 it was heavily garrisoned with over 12, 000 French soldiers, local militia and hired 'privateersmen'. Monckton assemb

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Society at a costume ball, 1912

Society in fancy dress at a costume ball held at the Savoy Hotel on 23 May 1912. Photographed at a time of great popularity for fancy dress balls, various well known members of society are pictured in costume. From left: 1 Miss Dalzell in prehistoric garb, Mrs George Edwardes in a dress of 'one hundred years ago', Miss Alice Crawford in an Othello costume, Mr Somerset Maugham as a character in Othello, the Hon. Mrs Cecil Bingham in a Louis XIV dress, Lady Violet Charteris as Jane Seymour, Lord Vernon as Henry VIII, Baroness von Kuhlmann in a Lely dress, Peggy from the Sunshine Girl and Viscount Dangan as a character from the same play, Baron Hoesch in Lely costume, Lady Diana Manners in a Lely dress and Mrs Hwfa Williams in a Georgian costume after Sir Joshua Reynolds. The ball was held in aid of the Middlesex hospital. Date: 1912

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SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709-1784). English man of letters. 'A Literary Party at Sir Joshua Reynolds's

SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709-1784).
English man of letters. 'A Literary Party at Sir Joshua Reynolds's.' Mezzotint, 1858, by John Sartain, after a painting by James William Edmund Doyle, featuring (left-to-right) James Boswell, Samuel Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, David Garrick, Edmund Burke, Pasquale di Paoli, Charles Burney, Thomas Warton, and Oliver Goldsmith

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