Mr James Cornwallis on board the 'Pallas', March 1775
James Cornwallis was probably a cousin of 'Pallas's' captain, the Hon. William Cornwallis (not his older brother the Revd. James, as erroneously assumed in previous discussion in the 'Mariner's Mirror', 1995, p.41). He was rated as a master's mate on this voyage on which two other aristocratic Cornwallis connections also served; the Hon. Thomas Pakenham, rated as able seaman, and Lord Charles Fitzgerald, a brother of the Duke of Leinster, who was rated midshipman. James Cornwallis became 'Pallas's' second lieutenant in 1776, a captain in 1781 and died in 1790 but little more is known since he did not live long enough to gain an entry in the standard naval biographical dictionaries. This drawing shows him looking at Bray's sketchbook, specifically at a drawing of a seaman carrrying a hammock which may be PAJ1989 before watercolour was applied. As observed by Roger Quarm in his 1995 'MM' article, all the Bray drawings in the related group appear to have been detached from the original sketchbooks in which many were probably done, a view which this one supports.
Gabriel Bray (1750-1823)
Original size: 171 mm x 127 mm
- Image reference: PT2018
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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