Edward Russell Esqr. One of their Maties. most Honoble. Privy Council, Admiral of their Maties. Fleet & Treasurer of their Maties. Navy. &c.
A very fine and rare mezzotint. Plate 291 x 211mm. Trimmed to just outside of the platemark.
Admiral of the Fleet Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Orford, PC (1653-1727) was the First Lord of the Admiralty under King William III. He was one of the first gentleman officers of the Royal Navy regularly bred to the sea. In 1671, he was named Lieutenant at the age of eighteen and was promoted to Captain in the following year. In the Third Anglo-Dutch War he saw active service in the North Sea in 1672 and 1673. Russell later served in the Mediterranean in the operations against the Barbary Pirates with Sir John Narborough and Arthur Herbert from 1676 to 1682. In 1683 he ceased to be employed, as all of the members of the Russell family had fallen into disfavour with the King after the discovery of Lord Russell's connection with the Rye House Plot. In 1688, Russell was one of the Immortal Seven, a group of English nobleman who issued the Invitation to William, a document asking William of Orange to depose King James II. In the subsequent War of the Grand Alliance, Russell served at sea, commanding a fleet after 1690. In 1692, Russell was Commander-in-Chief of the Anglo-Dutch force that fought the French fleet at Barfleur, and destroyed much of it at La Hogue, his victory there being the decisive naval battle of the war. Russell became First Lord of the Admiralty in 1694, remaining in that post until 1699. He served in the Mediterranean from 1694 to 1695 and was created Baron Shingey, Viscount Barfleur, and Earl of Orford in 1697.
Not in Parker. In the NMM. From the Collection of Viscount Hood.
[Ref: 12471] £320.00