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Lot 230: c. 1780 Portrait Engraving of LORD GEORGE GERMAINE, 1st Viscount Sackville
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Portrait Engraving of LORD GEORGE GERMAINE
c. 1780 Revolutionary War Era, Portrait Engraving of Lord George Germaine, Pollard, Printed for T. Robson, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Choice Very Fine.
circa 1780 Portrait engraving of Lord George Germaine (also spelled George Germain), measures about 5.5" tall x 4.5" wide. Printing is dark and rich. George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville PC (1716-1785), styled The Honourable George Sackville until 1720, Lord George Sackville from 1720 to 1770 and Lord George Germain from 1770 to 1782, was a British soldier and politician who was Secretary of State for America in Lord North's cabinet during the American War of Independence. His ministry received much of the blame for Britain's loss of thirteen American Colonies. His issuance of detailed instructions in military matters, coupled with his failure to understand either the geography of the Colonies or the determination of the colonists, may justify this conclusion. He had two careers. His military career had distinction, serving in the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years War including at the decisive Battle of Minden, but ended with a court martial. His political career ended with the fall of the North government in March 1782.