The Right Hon:ble Anthony Earle of Shaftesbury, Baron Ashley of Winbourne, St. Giles, Ld. Cooper of Pawlet And Ld. President of his Ma:ties most Hon:ble Privy Council. Ano. Do.1679. [Ink:] Sometime Lord High Chancellor of England.
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Engraving. Plate 381 x 268mm (15 x 10½"). Some creasing and paper-thinning hole left in reef frame around portrait; faint ms in old hand below title 'Sometime Lord High Chancellor of England'
Anthony Ashley Cooper, first Earl of Shaftesbury (1621-1683), who fought first for Charles I in the Civil War and then for Parliament, but at the Restoration Charles II pardoned him, and he became and influential politician. A member of the Cabal ministry, he was created Earl of Shaftesbury and appointed Lord Chancellor in 1672. He favoured the claim of the Duke of Monmouth to the throne in the place of the Catholic James, Duke of York, and gained political ground briefly in the wake of the 'Popish Plot' (1679-81), but fell from favour so dramatically that he was forced to flee to the Netherlands in 1682.
Later state. NPG: D19280.
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