John Montagu, Duke of Montagu, &cc.
Mezzotint. Mounted on an album page. Image 347 x 253mm. 13½ x 10". Cut and laid on sheet. Some glue staining to the corners.
John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu (1690-1749), Courtier. Inheriting the title Duke of Montagu in 1709, John Montagu held a number of posts at court and was a prominent Freemason, but took little interest in politics. He was known for his unusual acts of charity, such as funding the Cambridge education of a Jamaican slave named Francis Williams. He was also a lover of practical jokes, and kept a hospital for old cows and horses. Kind-hearted and generous by nature, Montagu believed that the struggle for wealth and power destroyed a more generous nature, and that the quest for happiness was more important. Also a member of the acclaimed Kit Kat Club.
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: 12895] £150.00