Thomas Osborne. Earl of Danby, Lord high Treasurer of England.
Fine engraving. Plate 260 x 177mm. 10¼ x 7".
Portrait of Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, bust to left in an oval on pedestal, wearing a wig; third state. Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds (1632-1712) was an English statesman, who served in a variety of offices under Kings Charles II and William III of England. He was joint Treasurer of the Royal Navy in 1668 and Lord Treasurer of England in 1673. His success in stabilizing the government's financial position secured him a position as Charles II's chief minister and the title of Earl of Danby in 1674. He played a key role in bringing William and Mary to the throne in 1689, and his influence declined when he was impeached in 1695 for taking a bribe from the East India Company.
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