Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
From an album of drawings by Gabriel Bray. No. 70 of 74. The soldier on the right appears to have a Russian double-headed eagle on the cuff of his boot, while the dress of the civilian figure to the rear also suggests a Russian nobleman or rich merchant. The soldiers are also apparently cavalrymen from their boots and spurs. This is one four of the Bray drawings which have the distinctive 'frame', suggesting they have been transferred from another group. All are probably later than the main 1770s group both from the costume and style , which is more finished. They are among 73 drawings by Bray (plus one signed 'NF 1782') preserved in a 19th-century album. They have now been separately remounted. Bray (1750-1823), was second lieutenant of the 44-gun ‘Pallas’ under Captain the Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819) – later a well-known admiral - on two voyages (1774-77) to report on British interests in West Africa, including the slave trade. The dated drawings refer only to the first of these, from December 1774 to September 1775, though a few may be from the second. Others comprise country views, some of Deal, Kent (where Bray may have come from), and others of social-history interest.
Credit Line: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Purchased with the assistance of the Society for Nautical Research Macpherson Fund
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