The Right Honble. Charles Earl of Sunderland, &c.
Mezzotint. Mounted on an album page. Image 352 x 252mm. 13¾ x 10". Cut and laid on sheet. Some glue staining to the corners.
Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland KG PC (1674-1722), known as Lord Spencer from 1688 to 1702, was an English statesman. He served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1714-1717), Lord Privy Seal (1715-1716), Lord President of the Council (1717-1719) and First Lord of the Treasury (1718-1721). Having succeeded to the peerage in 1702, Sunderland was one of the commissioners for the union between England and Scotland, and in 1705, he was sent to Vienna as envoy extraordinary. Through the influence of Marlborough he was foisted into the ministry as Secretary of State for the Southern Department, taking office in December 1706. From 1708 to 1710, he was one of the five Whigs collectively called the Junto, who dominated the government. The bursting of the South Sea Bubble led to his political ruin. He had taken some part in launching the scheme of 1720, but he had not profited financially by it; however, public opinion was roused against him and it was only through the efforts of Walpole that he was acquitted by the House of Commons, when the matter was investigated. In April 1721, he resigned his offices, but he retained his influence with George I until his death on 19 April 1722.
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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