Christopher Anstey Esquire.Aetat 52.
Published March 1st 1807, by Cadell and Davies, Strand.
Stipple. Sheet size: 300 x 225mm (11¾ x 8¾"). Trimmed inside platemark at lower and right edges. Glued to backing sheet in corners.
A portrait of English poet and author Christopher Anstey (1724 - 1805), sat at his desk, writing. Anstey was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge, where he distinguished himself for his Latin verses. He became a fellow of his college in 1745 but the degree of M.A. was withheld from him, owing to the offence caused by a speech he made, begining, 'Doctors without doctrine, artless Masters of Arts, and Bachelors more worthy of the rod than the laurel'. In 1805, he made No. 4 Royal Crescent, Bath his permanent home, (albeit the plaque recording this is actually displayed outside No. 5) where in 1766 he penned his famous rhymed letters, 'The New Bath Guide or Memoirs of the Blunderhead Family'. The work had immediate success, and was enthusiastically praised for its original kind of humour by Walpole and Gray. Anstey was buried at St. Swithin's Church in Bath but has a white marble memorial tablet in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.
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