Captain Frederick Cornewall (1706-1788) by British School

Captain Frederick Cornewall (1706-1788)

British School

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Captain Frederick Cornewall (1706-1788)

A three-quarter-length portrait to right in captain's, over three years, undress uniform, 1748-67 and a tie wig. The empty right sleeve of his coat is pinned across and his hat is held in his left hand. It is inscribed in gold, top left, 'Captain Frederick Cornewall, R.N'.

In 1744 as a lieutenant in the 'Marlborough', 90 guns, commanded by his cousin James Cornewall, he fought in Mathews's inconclusive action off Toulon, where he lost his right arm. His cousin was killed in the fighting and Cornewall was made post-captain immediately afterwards. Although he was appointed to the vacant command his health prevented him from executing his duty. At Admiral Byng's action off Minorca in 1756 he commanded 'Revenge', 70 guns, and it was his evidence at the court-martial which was largely responsible for the guilty verdict that resulted in Byng being shot. He does not seem to have had any further sea service. Cornewall was MP for the Montgomery Boroughs, 1771-74.

Object n: BHC2633

Date: 1762

Size: 1270 mm x 1016 mm

Frame: 1486 mm x 1232 mm x 90 mm

  • Image reference: T3241

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