John Horne TookeBorn in June 1736.
Published May 29, 1811, by I.R. Smith, 33, Newman Street, Oxford Street, London.
Mezzotint, with large margins, 650 x 450mm. 25½ x 17¾".
John Horne Tooke (1736 - 1812), radical politician and philologist. Horne Tooke was an ardent campaigner for liberty and parliamentary reform who helped establish 'The Society for Supporting the Bill of Rights' and was instrumental in organising the distribution of Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man in 1791. In 1794 he was wrongly accused of planning an uprising and imprisoned in the Tower of London. William Godwin's written attack against the charge of high treason was widely read and seen as contributing decisively to Horne Tooke's eventual acquittal. Horne Tooke also achieved widespread acclaim for the Diversions of Purley (1786 and 1805), a major two-volume work of philology, the study of ancient texts and languages. He reclines on a sofa-bed beneath a canopy, his hands clasped together, books beneath him and notes towards a third volume of the Diversions of Purley at his feet. After John Raphael Smith (1751 - 1812). 'First Fifty' inscribed lower right corner.
Frankau 297, II of III. Chaloner Smith 84, II of II.
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