The Right Hon.ble Thomas Lord Parker, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, &c.1718
Mezzotint, very fine, 18th century watermark; platemark 355 x 255mm (14 x 10"). Trimmed inside platemark bottom edge.
Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (1667-1732), Lord Chancellor. Trained in the law, Thomas Parker was called to the Bar in 1691 and entered Parliament in 1705. He served as Lord Chief Justice from 1710 to 1717 and as Lord Chancellor from 1718 until suspicions of financial irregularities forced him to resign in 1725. Later that year he was impeached and tried in the House of Lords, and found guilty of corruption for taking more than one hundred thousand pounds in bribes in exchange for offices. He was required to pay a fine of £30,000 and was imprisoned in the Tower of London until the fine was paid. After one of several portraits of Parker by or after Kneller and his studio.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 274 (only state).
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