A View in the Island of Jamaica, of the Bridge Crossing the Cabaritta River, on the Estate of William Beckford Esq. [4]

George Robertson (1742 - 1788)
Daniel Lerpinière

Coloured engraving

published 25 March 1778
  • About the work

    This print is from a series of six views of Jamaica, which were commissioned by the sugar planter and historian William Beckford (1744-1799). Beckford was born in Jamaica, the son of Richard Beckford (died 1756), from whom he inherited four Jamaican sugar estates. He was also the nephew of William Beckford, Lord Major of London, and cousin of William Thomas Beckford, known for building Fonthill Abbey, in Wiltshire.

    After studying at Balliol College in Oxford, William Beckford travelled through Europe from 1767 to 1768. He later married and moved to Jamaica with his wife in February 1774, remaining there for 13 years. It was during his time in Jamaica that Beckford began to patronise artists he had met in England, inviting them to visit his Jamaican home. Among these artists were the portrait painter Philip Wickstead (died 1786) and landscape painter George Robertson (1742-1788).

  • About the artist
    Daniel Lerpinière was born to a French family, living in England. He trained as a pupil of French landscape engraver François Vivares (1709-1782), who had established a successful business in London and was a central figure in the formation of an English school of landscape engraving. Lerpinière was an etcher and engraver, not only of landscapes, but also of religious and sporting subjects. He produced engravings after contemporary artists, as well as after the work of Old Master painters.
  • Explore
  • Details
    Title
    A View in the Island of Jamaica, of the Bridge Crossing the Cabaritta River, on the Estate of William Beckford Esq. [4]
    Date
    published 25 March 1778
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Parker Gallery, December 1955
    GAC number
    3400