Etching of General James Oglethorpe

Etching of General James Oglethorpe

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Ireland, Samuel, d. 1800
Title: Etching of General James Oglethorpe
Dates: 1785
Quantity: 0.02 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 3221 to MS 3230 housed together in 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3226

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Ireland (d. 1800) was an engraver and publisher in London, England. He was also a collector of books and prints. In his later years, Ireland's reputation was ruined by his involvement in the forgery of Shakespeare manuscripts produced by his son, William Henry Ireland (1771-1835).

James Edward Oglethorpe, 1696-1785, was an English general, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia in America.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of an etching done by Samuel Ireland titled "General James Oglethorpe." The caption on the etching reads, "Died 30th June 1785 aged 102 said to be the oldest general in Europe - Sketch'd from life at the sale of Dr. Johnsons books Feby 18, 1785 where the Gen'l was reading a book he had purchas'd without spectacles - In 1706 he had an Ensigns commission in the Guards & remember'd to have shot snipes in Conduit mead where Conduit Street now stands."

Index Terms

Etching--18th century.
Etchings (prints).
Generals--Great Britain--Portraits.
Oglethorpe, James Edward, 1696-1785 -- Portraits

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Etching of General James Oglethorpe. MS 3226. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Etching, 1785