[France] H.G. Mirabeau.
Publish'd as the Act directs London Feb.y 10th 1795 by Fiesinger.
Oval stipple with aquatinted border printed in blue, very fine. Proof. Sheet 315 x 230mm, 12½ x 9". Trimmed within plate.
Oval portrait of Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau (1749-91), French writer and revolutionary. In the 1770s he was condemned to death for the "seduction and abduction" of another man's wife, although he was only imprisoned at the castle of Vincennes, where he met the Marquis de Sade. Having reversed his conviction he was elected to the Estates-General in 1789, in which he a moderate, favoring a constitutional monarchy built on the model of Great Britain. He made secret attempts to negotiate with Louis XIV to achieve this, but died of pericarditis in 1791. Regarded as one of the fathers of the revolution he was buried in the Panthéon, but when his secret negotiations became public knowledge he was disinterred in 1794 and reburied, and his remains are now lost. The blue border appears only in the proof state: for the published edition the aquatinting was removed.
Ex Norman Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 18595] £280.00