After Joshua Reynolds
General George Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield
Size without frame: 23.5x19.5 inches
George Augustus Eliott was born 1717 in Roxburghshire, the tenth son of Sir Gilbert Eliott, 3rd Baronet of Stobs. He studied at Leiden University and Picardy Military School. He served with distinction in the Seven Years War. He fought in a series of battles in Germany between 1759 and 1761 before participating in the capture of Havana, Cuba, in 1762.
He was appointed Governor of Gibraltar in 1777 and was renowned for withstanding sustained assaults by the French and Spanish during the Great Siege of Gibralter, from 1779 to 1783. The baronetcy, Heathfield of Gibraltar, was created in 1787 in recognition of this defence of Gibraltar. The original portrait by Reynolds dates from 1787. The title became extinct on the death of his only son, Francis, in 1813.
George Augustus Eliott died in Aachen in 1790.