Thomas LediardLinguarum Ocidentalium Professo [...] Anno 1735
Engraving, rare, sheet 325 x 200mm (12¾ x 8"). Trimmed to image.
Thomas Lediard (1685-1743), writer and surveyor whose varied career included organising firework displays, teaching languages and managing the opera (all in Hamburg), working as justice for the peace in Westminster, and playing a key role in the development of the first bridge across the Thames at Westminster. He also wrote various historical works including the 'Naval History of England' to which this is the frontispiece (the Muse can be seen resting upon a copy of the book while drawing a map of Georgia). Lediard himself designed the ornate border to this portrait, including allegorical representations of various branches of learning.
[Ref: 31327] £180.00