His Excellency John Duke of Marlborough, Prince of the Holy Empire, Marquis of Blanford, Earl of Marlborough, Baron Churchill, of Sandridge and Baron Churchill, of Aumouth; Captain General of all Her Majesty's Forces, Master General of the Ordnance; Oneof the Lords of Her Majesty's most Honourable Privy-Council and Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter. Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the States General of the United Provinces & General of the Confederate Armies.
Cum Privilegio. Sold by E. Cooper at the 3 Pigeons in Bedford Street Covent Garden. [n.d. c.1715.]
Fine mezzotint. Mounted on an album page. Image 341 x 249mm. 13½ x 9¾". Cut and laid on sheet.
John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), Soldier and statesman. Rising to become a confidential agent of James, Duke of York, Churchill managed to play a major role in crushing the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion when James became King in 1685. Just three years later he abandoned his Catholic king in favour of the Protestant William of Orange. His influence at court reached its height with the accession of Queen Anne. Promoted to Commander-in Chief of the allied forces, he achieved huge victories against the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. However, the increasing unpopularity of the war and Marlborough's arrogance contributed to his dismissal by Anne in 1711. He eventually regained favour with the accession of George I in 1714.
From the Belton House Collection assembled in the 18th Century by the Rt. Hon. John Ld. Brownlow, Baron Charleville, & Viscount Tyrconnel in the Kingdom of Ireland. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lenno
[Ref: 12836] £280.00