Henry Viscount Melville. From the original Picture in the possession of the Earl of Aberdeen To whom the Print is with permission respectfully Dedicated by His Lordships most obt. & hle. Servt. C. Turner.Proof.
London, Pub. Dec.r 1.1810 by C. Turner. No.50 Warren Street, Fitzroy Square. Mr. Colgnaghi. Cockspur Street, Hay Market. Mr Molteno, Pall Mall, & may be had of Mess.rs Steell, Hatton and Marnock. Printsellers Edinburgh.
Mezzotint. 508 x 350mm. 20 x 13¾". Small tear to right-hand lower edge.
Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811) was a Scottish lawyer, politician and statesman; ally of Pitt. He was the fist Secretary of State for War under Pitt from 1794 to 1801. In 1763 he became a member of the Faculty of Advocates and three years later he was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland. However in 1774 he moved towards a political career and joined the party of Frederick North. When Pitt was made Prime Minister, Dundas entered cabinet as Secretary of State and was influential in supporting the cause of the abolition of the Slave Trade. In 1804, again under Pitt, Dundas entered office as First Lord of the Admiralty, during which he introduced numerous improvements. However, suspicion arose over the financial management of the admiralty and in 1802 a commission of inquiry was appointed. The result was the impeachment of Dundas in 1806 for the misappropriation of public money; although it ended in an acquittal, he never held office again. This was the last impeachment trial ever held in the House or Lords.
Ex Collection: Norman Blackburn. Whitman: 368.
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