Mezzotint, proof before title and publicaton, small margins, rare with Collector's mark. In ink on verso Thos. Raikes Esq, A Director of the Bank private plate 1787; Plate 502 x 350mm (19¾ x 13¾").
Thomas Raikes (1741-1813) the British merchant particularly trading from London with Russia, banker and newspaper proprietor. Notably, he was Governor of the Bank of England during the 1797 currency crisis, when the Bank was prohibited by the British Government from paying out in gold. He was a personal friend of Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, and of William Wilberforce.
Ex Collection: Earl of Bute. Horne: 101, ii/ii.
[Ref: 29274] £450.00