Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux formerly Hedworth Lambton antique print


Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux formerly Captain Hedworth Lambton. Commander of the cruiser H.M.S. Powerful. Participated in the relief of Ladysmith during the Boer War. Vanity Fair antique print, published 1900. Paper measures approx. 15×10 inches. Supplied with original text. Both image and text in good condition. Price shown is ex VAT.

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Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux formerly Captain Hedworth Lambton antique print, published 1900. Admiral of the Fleet The Honourable Sir Hedworth Meux GCB, KCVO (pronounced Mews), formerly Hedworth Lambton (5 July 1856 – 20 September 1929) was a Royal Navy officer. As a junior officer he was present at the bombardment of Alexandria during the Anglo-Egyptian War. In 1899, during the Second Boer War, Lambton stopped at Mauritius, and on his own initiative picked up a battalion of soldiers stationed there. Knowing that the British forces at Ladysmith urgently needed more powerful guns, Lambton led a naval brigade to the rescue with four twelve-pounders and two other guns. The enthusiastic response in Britain to the “heroes of Ladysmith” was enormous and made Captain Hedworth Lambton a well-known public figure. He went on to be Commander of the Third Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean Fleet and then Commander-in-Chief of the China Station. HMS Powerful was a ship of the Powerful class of protected cruisers in the Royal Navy. She served with her sister ship, Terrible, on the China Station and provided landing parties which fought in the relief of the Siege of Ladysmith in the Second Boer War. Crews from the two ships also took part in suppressing the Boxer Rebellion in China. After 1904 they were laid up as an economy measure. Vanity Fair was a British weekly magazine published from 1868 to 1914. Subtitled “A Weekly Show of Political, Social and Literary Wares”, it was founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles, who aimed to expose the contemporary vanities of Victorian society. A full-page, colour lithograph of a contemporary celebrity or dignitary appeared in most issues, and it is for these caricatures that Vanity Fair is best known then and today. Subjects included artists, athletes, royalty, statesmen, scientists, authors, actors, soldiers, religious personalities, business people and scholars. More than two thousand of these images appeared, and they are considered the chief cultural legacy of the magazine, forming a pictorial record of the period. This print is by Sir Leslie Ward who signed his work “Spy.”

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