Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Book on Mackinac Features Painting of Captain Aubrey

A Picturesque Situation: Mackinac before Photography, 1615-1860
By Brian Leigh Dunnigan (Wayne State Press, 2008)

This new book features many great Mackinac paintings, drawings and prints. Among them is a painting of Lieutenant Thomas Aubrey in the uniform of the 4th Regiment of Foot, not long before his promotion to Captain in the 47th in April 1771.

Aubrey entered the British army as an ensign in 1762, and after his service in the Revolution he gained promotion to major in 1785. Aubrey retired from the army in 1788, and later served in Parliament representing the bourough of Wallingford. He died in 1814 (from an article by Paul Malo). At the time of Aubrey's death he was still listed as an army major, a half-pay Captain in the 73rd Regiment of Foot and a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Bucks County Militia (Hadden Journal xcii)

More information on the book can be found here. To see the painting in the collection of the National Museum of Wales click here.

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