Wm. Manning, Esq.r M.P.Governor of the Bank of England.
London, Pub.d Sept.r 18, 1813 for the Proprietor, by C. Turner, Warren Street, Fitzroy Square.
Fine mezzotint with very large margins, Proof on right; 610 x 370mm (24 x 14½").
Large full-length portrait of William Manning, merchant (1763-1835). Long associated with the Bank of England, he served as governor between 1812 and 1814. The son of planters from St Kitts, Manning was also a merchant trading to the West Indies, and an agent for Grenada and St Vincent. Manning was also particularly active in campaigning for the construction of a dock to serve West Indies trade (which opened on the Isle of Dogs in 1802).Manning, who made (and subsequently lost) a large fortune, was also father of Cardinal Manning. The classical architecture visible behind is presumably part of Soane's work on the Bank of England, most of which was replaced by Sir Herbert Baker's rebuilding in what Pevsner called 'the greatest architectural crime of the twentieth century'. Lonsdale's painting is in the collection of the Bank of England.
Whitman 348 ii/ii
[Ref: 32451] £360.00