His Grace Philip Duke of Wharton.
Sold at the corner of Hemmings Row, in St. Martins Lane. London. [n.d. c.1720.]
Fine mezzotint. Mounted on an album page. Plate 352 x 252mm. 13¾ x 10". Very scarce. Cut and laid on sheet.
Philip Wharton, 1st Duke of Wharton (1698-1731), powerful Jacobite politician, notorious libertine and rake, profligate, and alcoholic, was one of the few people in English history, and the first since the 15th century, to have been raised to a Dukedom whilst still a minor and not closely related to the monarch. Young Wharton began to travel. He had been raised with an excellent education and prepared for a life as a public speaker, and Wharton was eloquent and witty. He travelled to France and Switzerland with a severe Calvinist tutor whom he resented. Wharton then went to Ireland where, at the age of 18, he entered the Irish House of Lords as Marquess Catherlough. When he was 19 years old he was created Duke of Wharton in 1718 by George I in the King's effort to solidify his support. His two periods of activity abroad were in 1716-17 and then after 1724. In England between 1723-4 he produced the 'True Briton', a Jacobite periodical. Pope calls him: "The scorn and wonder of our days."
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
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