George-Nugent-Temple-Grenville, Marquis of Buckingham,Lord Lieutenant General & General Governor of the Kingdom of Ireland; Knigh Companion of the most Nobles Order of the Garter, &c. &c.
London Published 20 March 1788 by I.K. Sherwin No. 67 New Bond Street, & R. Wilkinson No. 58 Cornhill.
Very fine engraving, with large margins. Plate 495 x 361mm. 19½ x 14¼". Uncut.
Three-quarter portrait of George Nugent-Temple-Grenville (1753-1813), 1st Marquess of Buckingham. As Lord Lieutenant of Ireland under Pitt, he was denounced by Grattan for extravagance and was censured by the Irish Houses of Parliament for refusing to transmit to England an address calling upon the Prince of Wales to assume the regency. He maintained his position by bribery for a time but resigned his office in September 1789. The engraver, John Keyes Sherwin (1751-1790), was a painter and engraver who succeeded Woollett as engraver to the king in 1785. Despite an income of more that £12,000 a year he died in penury in 1790 because, as the Encyclopedia Britannia describes him, he was "shiftless, indolent, and without method" and a reckless gambler. However the Encyclopedia also states that his portraits of Buckingham and Pitt (both after Gainsborough) "occupy a high place among the productions of the English school of line-engravers".
Horne: 33, ii of ii; Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition (1911); NPG D32297.
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