Engraved for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis [n.d. c.1820.]
Stipple with large margins. Plate 165 x 114mm. 6½ x 4½".
Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brede et de Montesquieu (1689-1755) the French social commentator and politial thinker of the Enlightenment. He is known for his articulation of the theory of separation of powers, and is largely responsible for the popularisation of the terms 'feudalism' and 'Byzantine Empire'. One of a number of stipple heads of Kings and Queens of similar format printed on quarto sheets, by Chapman, published by J. Wilkes, 1795-1810. They probably appeared as illustrations to the 'Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature ... Embellished by ... engravings. Compiled ... by John Wilkes'.
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