Thomas Osborne.Earl of Danby, Lord high Treasurer of England.
Fine engraving, with large margins. Plate 255 x 178mm. 10 x 7". Small tear in margin to left.
Thomas Osborne (1631-1712) was 1st Duke of Leeds and a statesman who was created Earl of Danby in 1674. He served as Lord High Treasurer from 1673 to 1679, and strove successfully but unscrupulously to balance the royal finances. He was impeached and imprisoned between 1679 and 1684 following the discovery that his anti-French policy in Parliament was belied by secret pro-French treaties. He later opposed the policies of James II, and was honoured and appointed Lord President of the Council by William III between 1689 and 1699, but then faced another attempted impeachment in 1695 for receiving bribes.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove. NPG: D29343.
[Ref: 25339] £140.00