Sr. Robert WalpoleEarl of Orford - 1744.
Engraving, 225 x 160mm. 9 x 6¼".
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (1676-1745), was a Whig statesman; in all but name he was Prime Minister, 1721-42. In an oval frame decorated with feathers, on a table draped with a cloth and covered with scrolls and a royal standard. Curtain above to left, his country seat Houghton Hall visible through columns in distance to right. Walpole came to office in the wake of the South Sea Bubble crisis and built up British prosperity in a long period of peace by his economic reforms. He obtained more power than any previous minister and remained in office for over twenty years, resorting to bribery and patronage to overcome unpopularity. His reign came to an end when he was drawn into an unsuccessful war with Spain. From 'Ædes Walpolianæ: or, a description of the collection of pictures at Houghton-Hall in Norfolk, the seat of the Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford' probably printed by John Hughs in 1748. Numbered 'Vol.2. P.225' upper right. After Christian Friedrich Zincke (1684? - 1767), portrait-miniaturist in enamel, born in Dresden; worked in England from 1706, living in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, and, from 1746, in Lambeth.
British Library: 015311021.
[Ref: 14044] £95.00