James Cornewall(1698-1744), Naval captain
Sitter in 2 portraits
James Cornewall had a fairly undistinguished naval career before being killed in 1744 when his legs were shot away by a cannon ball. Despite this he was the subject of the first funeral monument erected by the government in Westminster Abbey. Horace Walpole commented that 'in the present dearth of glory' Cornewall 'is canonized, though poor man! he had been tried twice the year before for cowardice'.
after Unknown sculptor
line engraving, circa 1755
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