Ralph Duke of Montagu [ms]
Mezzotint with very large margins; platemark approx 240 x 160mm (9½ x 6¼"). Holes on right from earlier binding; very scarce.
Portrait of Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu (1638-1709), courtier and diplomat. He welcomed the arrival of William of Orange, who created Montagu Viscount Monthemer and Earl of Montagu in 1689. In 1705 he was created Duke of Montagu and Marquess of Montherner. His Bloomsbury residence, Montagu House, was purchased to house the collection of the British Museum, which purpose it served until it was demolished in the 1840s to make room for larger premises.
CS: engraver not ascertained, class II, 70. ForMontagu House see ref. 8769
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