Admiral Lord George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney (1719-1792) by Jean-Laurent Mosnier

Admiral Lord George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney (1719-1792)

Jean-Laurent Mosnier

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Admiral Lord George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney (1719-1792)

A three-quarter-length portrait seated to right in admiral's full-dress uniform, 1787-1795, and wearing the ribbon and star of the Bath. Rodney had a long naval career and became rear-admiral in 1759. In 1761, he went to the West Indies as Commander-in-Chief in the Leeward Islands. Here he was victorious over the French, by taking Martinique, St Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent. In 1779, he was ordered to relieve Gibraltar on his outward voyage to command in the Leeward Islands for a second time. On passage, he encountered a Spanish squadron of nine ships off Cape St Vincent and, in the ensuing night action, one of the Spaniards blew up and six others were captured. After this, Rodney continued to carry out an effective campaign against powerful French opposition. This culminated in the Battle of the Saints, 1782, when his victory over the Count de Grasse's fleet destroyed French naval power in the West Indies.
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