[Portrait of Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, excised and inserted into ornamental cartouche. With title inscribed with ink on a ribbon at base.]
Stipple bust portrait after Morier, in armour and sash, trimmed to image and pasted into engraved oval frame, surmounted by decorative urns; 'W.D. of Cumberland' inscribed in ink mss to scroll cartouche below. Watermarked laid paper; plate 195 x 155mm, 7¾ x 6". Good; full margins.
Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721 - 1765), was the third son of George II and a life-long soldier. The Duke was described by Horace Walpole as 'proud and unforgiving, fond of war for its own sake'. His victory at Culloden in 1746 ended the Jacobite threat, but his severe treatment of the rebels earned him the nickname 'Butcher Cumberland'. The portrait after David Morier (1705? - 1770).
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