[Beeston Long Esq.re][Directors of the London Dock Company, As a testimony of their Regard and Esteem, and for his indefatigable zeal and attention to the affairs of the Company as their Chairman.]
[London: Pub. by the Engraver June 10, 1817.]
Framed mezzotint. Proof before letters. Image 647 x 381mm. 25½ x 15". Queen Victoria's collector's stamp in lower right. Trimmed inside the plate.
Portrait; full-length seated slightly to right, head tilted slightly to left and looking towards the viewer, elbows on the arms of his chair, wearing a dark suit and white frill; globe to left, table with books and a large scroll with a plan, to left; view beyond a column and parapet on the right, of a busy harbour. Beeston Long (1757-1820) of Combe House, Surrey, was an English businessman. He was a senior partner of the firm of West India merchants, Long, Drake & Co, who succeeded his father-in-law as Chairman of the West India Merchants, and also as Governor of the Bank of England, a position he held from 1806 to 1808. He was a Vice-President of the London Institution and a leader of the group of merchants and speculators who, in a private venture, undertook the construction of the docks at Wapping. Long and the other directors sat in the London Dock House, in New Bank Buildings, from where they oversaw their lucrative trade. For a view of the Dock at Wapping, which he helped to finance, see Ref: 7654.
Ex Collection: Queen Victoria via the Hon.ble Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 23345] £320.00