S.r Walter Ralegh.
Impensis J. & P. Knapton Londini 1739.
Copper engraving with large margins. 240 x 375mm, 9½ x 14½".
Sir Walter Raleigh [1554? - 1618], explorer, published in the 'Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain'. He sponsored one of the first English attempts to colonise North America, the ill-fated Roanoke colony, and led two expeditions to discover El Dorado, the City of Gold, in South America. Ralegh was also 'a soldier in Ireland; a sailor [...] celebrant of colonialism (in his 'Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empire of Guiana' of 1596); a poet; a dancer; a royal favourite who brilliantly mastered the Elizabethan court rhetoric of chaste love only to plummet into disfavour after a marriage the Queen didn't like; an enthusiastic brawler who laughed throughout the Earl of Essex's execution; and atheist; and an associate of what Nicholas Popper calls "poet-ruffians". He was also [...] a prisoner, condemned to the Tower of London for his part in a plot to promote Arabella Stuart to the throne.' (Adam Smyth, 'Wrong Rivers' in TLS June 14 2013).
Ver Huell 13.
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