Sir Robert Walpole, afterwards Earl of Orford. Prime Minister to King George the First, & King George the Second. In the Blue Damask Bed Chamber at Houghton.
Published Jan.y 1.st 1788, by John & Josiah Boydell, No.90, Cheapside, London.
Mezzotint, very fine with small margins. Plate 502 x 349mm. 19¾ x 13¾".
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (1676-1745), was a Whig statesman; in all but name he was Prime Minister, 1721-42. He came to office in the wake of the South Sea Bubble crisis and built up British prosperity in a long period of peace by his economic reforms. He obtained more power than any previous minister and remained in office for over twenty years, resorting to bribery and patronage to overcome unpopularity. His reign came to an end when he was drawn into an unsuccessful war with Spain.
NPG: D39367. Goodwin: 131. CS: 149.
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