Sir John Fox Burgoyne, 1st Bt(1782-1871), Military engineer
Sitter in 9 portraits
The illegitimate son of the similarly-named general who capitulated at Saratoga, New York State, in 1777, this Burgoyne was an officer in the Royal Engineers. As such, he strived to serve Wellington by supervising the building of fortifications, and the destruction of the enemy's. But as the siege and bloody storming of Badajoz, and the failure at Burgos proved (both 1812), there were too few engineers on the British side and very skilful ones on the French. Burgoyne had a long and distinguished career becoming inspector-general of fortifications 1845-68, during which time he served in the Crimean War.
by, published by and after Anker Smith, by Thomas Heaphy, published by Rudolph Ackermann
line and stipple engraving, published 8 August 1822
after Thomas Heaphy
tracing, before 1960
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