Scarce Mezzotint portrait of Thomas Pownall, Colonial Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1757-1760) and South Carolina (1760), engraved by Richard Earlom after a painting by Francis Cotes, circa 1777. Housed under glass in a molded ebonized wood frame. Sheet – 15 7/8" H x 11 3/8" W. Framed – 18" H x 13 5/8" W. Note: Thomas Pownall was governor of the province of Massachusetts Bay during the French and Indian wars. His support of the American cause for Independence, and stance against taxation without representation, caused him to be removed from his position in Massachusetts and transferred to the governorship of South Carolina. Pownall is also known for his work with Lewis Evans on a map of the Middle British Colonies in 1755 (source: the Massachusetts Historical Society). Ref. Russell: English Mezzotint Portraits, and their States, 33. CONDITION: Overall good condition; adhered to backing board at corners with resultant staining, otherwise even toning. Margins trimmed. Scattered creasing.
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