Robertus Cottonus Bruceus.Aesculapius hic Librorum aerugo, Vetustas Pero quem nulla potest Britonum consumere chartas.
Etching. 140 x 90mm. 5½ x 3½". Cut. Laid on 18th century scrap sheet.
Portrait of Sir Robert Bruce Cotton; nearly half length, slightly to the right; in falling ruff; bearded, with hair to his ears. Frontispiece to his 'An answer to Such Motives', 1651. Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (1571-1631) was a collector, particularly of manuscripts and charters; this collection was known as the Cottonian Library and given to the nation by grandson Sir John Cotton. It formed the core of what is now the British Library, but a small number of objects and paintings remain within the registered collection of the British Museum. Cotton was an English antiquarian and Member of Parliament, founder of the important Cotton Library. He was elected to Parliament as member of Old Sarum (1624), Thetford (1625) and Castle Rising (1628).
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
[Ref: 25349] £130.00