[Sir Jacob Astley]
Etching, sheet 165 x 130mm (6½ x 5"). Good margins; tipped into album sheet at edges; pencil annotations 'very fine', 'a proof' [incorrectly] etc. Later number removed.
Sir Jacob Astley (1579-1652), royalist army officer and one of the best-known figures of the English civil war. After serving on the continent, Astley was appointed sergeant-major-general in the second bishops' war in 1640. In the civil war Astley led forces of up to 10,000 until his defeat and capture in Stow on the Wold in 1646. After time spent in prison, Astley spent his last years at the Old Palace, Maidstone, which he had inherited from a cousin. Portrait, probably after Van Dyck, etched by Thomas Worlidge (1700-66), 'the English Rembrandt' and a pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married. Posthumous impression after numbers erased.
State iv/v; W56; D12; Ex collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 32856] £60.00