Whistling Dalmahoy and the Shads.
London, Published Nov.r 1, 1822, by S. & I. Fuller, 34, Rathbone Place.
Coloured aquatint. 230 x 280mm (9 x 11"). Trimmed within plate.
A scene in the life of Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton KG (1663-90), the illegitimate son of Charles II by Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine. Grafton, a keen boxer, apparently used to challenge hackney coachmen to a fight, offering a guinea for his fare or nothing depending on the outcome. Here he is shown with a Thames waterman, who, having agreed to fight the Duke on a coal lighter, is leaving him stranded. Published in Pyne's 'The World in Miniature', the portrait of the Duke seems unfair: the reddness and lines of his face mark him as considerably older than the 27 years he attained before his death at the Siege of Cork.
For another plate from the same series see ref. 18360
[Ref: 27139] £140.00