His Royal Highness the Duke of York,Dedicated to His Most Gracious Majesty George 4th by His Loyal & most devoted Servant, William Sams.
London, Published June 1st 1825 by W. Sams, Book & Printseller to the Royal Family opposite St. James' Palace.
Mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 360 x 260mm (14¼ x 10¼"). Slight foxing to edges but excellent impression;
Prince Frederick, duke of York and Albany (1763-1827), army officer and bishop of Osnabrück, and son of George III and Queen Charlotte. In the 1790s York commanded British army contingents in Flanders unsuccessfully, chronicled by the satires of Gillray during the period. After being appointed commander-in-chief of the army York was subsequently involved in a scandal after taking Mary Anne Clarke as his mistress, who profited from her affair by promising promotions to army officers in return for payment. After the scandal became public, York was forced to resign as commander in chief. After the death of his father, York became next in line for the throne, but after an attack of dropsy in 1826 he died several months later. He died over £400,000 in debt.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Whitman (Cousins) 180 i/ii; Whitman (Reynolds) 310 i/ii; for the commissions scandal see ref. 30578.
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