Lady Elizabeth Grey, at the feet of Edward the Fourth, soliciting the restoration of her late Husband's forfeited lands, A.D. 1465.Acta Historica Reginarum Angliae. Plate V. Engraved from the Original Drawing, of the same dimensions in the Possession of Mr. V. Green. To Her Most Catholic Majesty Louisa Queen of Spain &c. &c. &c. This plate is Most Humbly Dedicated By Her Majesty's Most Devoted and Obedient humble Servant Valentine Green.
Publish'd Oct.r 18.th 1791 by V. & R. Green Newman Street, Oxford Street, London.
Mezzotint, platemark 490 x 625mm (19¼ x 24½"). Creasing; uncut, large margins.
Elizabeth Woodville solicits the restoration of the lands of her first husband, Sir John Grey, who was killed at the Second Battle of St. Albans. After Grey's death his lands appear to have been forfeited, and in her poverty Woodville made personal suit to the king for their return. After she refused offers from Edward IV to be his paramour, the king determined to marry her. The scene depicted would have taken place in 1461, rather than 1465 as stated here. Plate five of 'Acta Historicae Reginarum Angliae' by the celebrated mezzotinter Valentine Green (1739-183) from drawings by his former student Johann Gerhard Huck (c.1759-1811), with parallel text in French.
Whitman: 252 II of II; CS: 153.5 Ex Collection of Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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