Since 1763 the name 'Russborough' has been synonymous with collecting and dealing in fine art. Lord Russborough's Annex, specialises in an individual mix of antique maps, paintings and prints.

While Lord Russborough's Annex features a great many works of museum calibre, we also offer a wonderful selection of prints priced at under $100.

short Halifax

An extract of our prints currently available:

Short, R.Halifax- proof

of Halifax during the Seven Years War

short Halifax sm

James Mason after Richard Short & Dominic Serres

[The Town and Harbour of Halifax as it appears from George's Island, 1759 ]  

This scarce proof before letters is based upon sketches by Richard Short from which Dominic Serres' The Elder' painted an original oil painting, which in turn was engraved by James Mason. in 1760

 Double museum matted, glazed, silver-gilt wood frame. 12 7/8 x 19 7/8"    (32.7 x50.5 cm.)
     PRICE CODE  I  Ref. BD1/ LSNN / v.anno > GSNN   SOLD

Depicted is this historically important view looking northeast from George's Island in 1759, is Citadel Hill and the Town of Halifax at left. Bedford Basin in the middle distance, plus Dartmouth at the far right. Also the various protected  anchorages adjacent to the naval station at Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the Seven Years War.

Short's image also gives significant information regarding the depth of the two water passages that flank George's Island, that on the left, deep & large enough to enable large square rigged ships & men-o'-war to pass, whilst the shallower on the right, for schooners and smaller vessels.

On George's Island may be seen part of Fort Charlotte and the Island Prison Camp, there was also a Look Out Point, an Acadian Prison camp, and a Quarantine Station.

Richard Short fl.1744-1777, Drew his sketches for this view in May 1759, he was based in Halifax during the Seven Years' War, with the British fleet under Admiral Sunders as part of James Wolfe's campaign for the seige and reduction of Louisbourg and Quebec.  Short was an amateur artist and served as the purser on board HMS. Prince of Orange.

This 1760 proof view was engraved by James Mason, ca. 1710-1785 who was widely known for his landscapes, topographical views as well as Military and Naval subjects executed both engravings and etchings after his contemporaries. He lived in London and frequently worked for the published James Boydell. Mason's name is lightly etched into the lower left corner of this view below the image.



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