Lord Fairfax from an Original of Cowpers in the Collection of George Scott Esqr.
Etching, platemark 85 x 65mm (3¼ x 2½"). Large margins; good impression; white laid paper.
Portrait of Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Fairfax (1612 - 1671). Perhaps the most accomplished Parliamentarian officer, Fairfax was appointed Lord General of the New Model Army after his victory at Marston Moor, 1644. His decisive string of victories, beginning with the battle of Naseby in 1645, won the Civil War for Parliament. Extremism alarmed him and he refused to serve on the court which tried the King or to lead the army into Scotland in 1650. He retired from public life until 1660, when he supported General Monck's march to London to demand a free parliament and was one of those who went to the Hague to greet Charles II before his Restoration to the throne. By Thomas Worlidge (1700 - 1766), 'the English Rembrandt' and a pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married. Lifetime impression before Worlidge's widow Mary issued new impressions in 1767 with the number '95' added bottom right to correspond with the catalogue of his prints she produced.
State ii/iii; W95; D74.
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