Sir. Beniamin Rudyerd Surveyor of His Ma.tyes Court of Wardes and Liveryes. Ano. Dom. 1632. Aetatis 54. Ano.1627.Could we, as heere his Figure, se his Mynd...As he doth lack a Foe even to forgive.
[n.d. c.1632.] later impression.
Fine engraving. Plate 336 x 223mm. 13¼ x 8¾".
Sir Benjamin Rudyerd (1572-1658), Surveyor of the Court of Wards, politician and poet. Rudyerd was a minor poet and an influential member of Parliament. In 1618, as the lettering of the plate states, he was appointed to the lucrative sinecure of Surveyor of his Majesty's Court of Wards and Liveries. He was a close friend of the 3rd Earl of Pembroke, and the two conducted an exchange of poems that was edited by John Donne's son for publication in 1660. He retained his seat throughout the Civil War, and retired only in 1648. Mytens's portrait (now at Audley End) was painted in 1627, whereas this plate was engraved in 1632. Both dates are carefully specified on the print. The obvious explanation why this plate was made to such a large size and high standard is that it was a private plate, commissioned and owned by Rudyerd himself. If so, it must have been sold after his death to Peter Stent who reprinted it.
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