[Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield]
Etching, platemark 80 x 55mm (3¼ x 2¼"). Thread margins; tipped into album sheet. Proof before letters.
Portrait of Philip Stanhope, second earl of Chesterfield (1633–1714), courtier and politician, etched by Thomas Worlidge (1700-66) after the portrait by Peter Lely (Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire). Under the Protectorate Chesterfield was involved in royalist plots but 'perceived as too far engaged with his mistresses to be a major influence' (DNB). After the Restoration he was made lord chamberlain to Catherine of Braganza, and later chief justice. Chesterfield was against declaring William and Mary king and queen after 1688, and subsequently refused all offers of employment from William although he remained active in local politics. One of only two engraved likenesses recorded by O'Donoghue. The printmaker Thomas Worlidge also etched his second wife Elizabeth.
O'D 2; D47/8 (i/iii?); W25; Ex Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd. See 33045 for Elizabeth Stanhope's portrait.
[Ref: 33028] £160.00