Proof before letters, engraving. 240 x 375mm. Light foxing.
Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk [1536-1572]. Norfolk's ambition and his pro-Catholic interests meant he became the focus of plots and religious dissent. He was appointed as a Privy Councillor and served as Earl Marshall of England, supervising the funeral rites of Mary I and the coronation of Elizabeth I. His secret plan to marry Mary Queen of Scots and the central part he played in the plot to attempt to ensure her succession to the throne led to his dramatic fall from grace in 1571. He was executed for treason in 1572. Rare proof before all letters. From the collection of H.P. Horne, with 'HH' collector's stamp on verso. Included in the 'Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain' published in London by Knapton in folio between 1743 and 1752.
Ver Huell 15.
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