General Lord Lake and his son at the battle of Laswari in 1803


Battle of Laswari. Lord Lake & his Son Colonel Lake at the point of time the General had two horses shot under him.  A large, 22 x 15½ins, finely coloured engraving after Place. This particularly handsome image was  Published & Sold July 1, 1807 by Edwd Orme, Engraver Printseller to the King and Royal Family, Bond street corner of Brook street. The engraver was Richard Cooper the Younger. There is some damage to the margins and a crease with some splitting across the lower right corner [see one of the detail images]. Coloured versions of these large sized George III period portraits are very much harder to find than the standard uncoloured versions. Laswari [it appears as Laswarree on the bar to the Army of India medal which was awarded in 1851 to the then 100 survivors of the battle] was the battle of the 2nd Mahratta War where Lake overcame the forces of the Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior.     oct23/1

Gerard Lake, First Viscount Lake [1744-1804]  was made a peer in 1806 on his return from India after taking the surrender of Maharaja Holkar of Indore and taking the great fortress of Deeg from Bharatpor.


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