Captain George Edgecumbe (1720-1795)
George Edgcumbe was second son of Richard, 1st Baron Edgcumbe, and the background appropriately contains several allusions to his life, since the painting was commissioned for the Corporation of Plympton. The two columns probably imply that the setting is the family home, Mount Edgcumbe House overlooking Plymouth Sound, with the guns of the battery below in the left foreground. The ship shown in the distance is the 'Salisbury', 50 guns, of which Edgcumbe was captain in 1747 when he captured a wealthy French East Indiaman.
Sir Joshua Reynolds
- Image reference: BHC2677
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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