Robert Dighton - D10869
Richard England ('A general view of Old England')
by and published by Robert Dighton
published September 1808
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'A General View of Old England', Richard England (died 1812), published 1808
Richard England served In the British Army during the American War of Independence and was one of the first colonists of Western Upper Canada.
Richard England is depicted in the uniform of a Lieutenant-General, a rank he had held since 1803.
A related drawing in the Royal Collection, but depicting England standing, seems to have served as the basis of this etching. The drawing is inscribed 'A General View of Old England taken from the Citadel at Plymouth'. The citadel, a fort begun in the reign of Charles II, was the military headquarters of Plymouth. Richard England had been appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Plymouth in 1803.