London: Published as the Act directs March 1st. 1775 by David Martin, Dean Street Soho.
Fine copper engraving. Plate 647 x 450mm. 25½ x 17¾". Small tear into lower edge and into plate, agetoning, and minor foxing.
William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1705-1793) was Lord Chief Justice from 1756 until 1788. Seated at his desk dominated by the bust of Homer. He was instrumental in the development of commercial law and marine insurance. He was a firm opponent of Chatham and upheld the absolute dominion of Great Britain over the colonies. Presided in the famous case brought against Samuel Foote by Rev. Jackson for Sodomy. Mansfeild acquitted Foote.
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