Edmund Burke, Esq.r
London Published as the Act directs, Dec.r 15. 1798, by J. Wilkes.
Stipple, with lage margins. Plate 165 x 114mm. 6½ x 4½". Very fine.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher who served for many years in the House of Commons as a member of the Whig party. In the words of Winston Churchill he was 'perhaps the greatest man that Ireland has produced'. He is remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries and for his later opposition to the French Revolution. He was thus seen as a leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig parts, which he dubbed the "Old Whigs", in opposition to the pro-French-Revolution "New Whigs", led by Charles James Fox. best remembered for "A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful" (1757) and "Reflections on the Revolution in France" (1790), a founding text for modern political conservatism; its reference to "the swinish multitude" was frequently quoted in radical contexts.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
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