The Duke of Grafton
E. Cooper Exc: [London, n.d., c.1685.]
Fine mezzotint, very scarce, a rich first state impression from an uncleaned plate, before retouching. 190 x 135mm, 7½ x 5¼".
Portrait of Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton (1663 - 1690), wearing long wig, lace cravat and armour. Fitzroy was an illegitimate son of Charles II, by Barbara Villiers. When he was almost nine he married Isabella Bennet aged about five but this was not binding. They married legally for a second time in 1679. He was created Earl of Euston in 1672 and Earl of Grafton in 1675. He saw military service both on land and on sea and was killed while in command at the siege of Cork.
Chaloner Smith 45, I of II (Engraver not ascertained: Class I).
[Ref: 21049] £240.00