Major Peter Labilliere A Christian Patriot & Citizen of the World.'Tis Virtue only makes our Bliss below And all our Knowledge is Our Selves to Know. Pope.
[London: J. Strongitharm, 1780.]
Mezzotint, title in open letters, very scarce. Image 250 x 200mm, 9¾ x 8". Trimmed to plate, and through publication line.
Portrait of Peter Labilliere (died 1800), seated looking towards the viewer wearing a plain suit with short hair to the ears and a short fringe, pointing to a copy of the 'American Petition Present by Penn' which he holds in right hand in his lap. Also copies of 'Bp. of St Asaph's Sermon', 'Magna Charta', and 'Londn. Eveng. Jany 1st. 1780 Lettr. to the King', with a bookshelf to right behind his chair with volumes labelled 'Blair', 'Holy Bible', 'Masn. on Self Knowlge.', 'Sidney', 'Locke' and 'Cartright'. Labilliere was an eccentric army officer, named in John Wilkes’s hoax, the ‘Sayre plot’, but never arrested. He is buried on Box Hill near Dorking, head down. After a portrait by Joseph Wright (1756 - 1793), American-born pupil of Benjamin West.
Chaloner Smith 7, only state. NPG D5000.
[Ref: 27074] £360.00