Fr. Walsingham, Secretaire d'ElisabethTel que fut Mecenas, appliqué pour Auguste
Engraving with very large margins, platemark approx 305 x 190mm (12 x 7½").
Francis Walsingham (1530-1590), principal secretary to Elizabeth I, who established and ran the great Elizabethan secret service, providing information particularly for William Cecil, Lord Burghley. Its spies operated mainly against Roman Catholic conspirators and the agents of Philip II of Spain. As Secretary of State (1573-90), Walsingham continually advised Elizabeth to wage war on Spain and foresaw the threat of the Armada. He secured the conviction and execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. Plate from Isaac de Larrey's 'Histoire d'Angleterre' (1697-1713) from a design with allegorical elements by Adriaen van der Werff (1659-1722), acclaimed as the most important Dutch Master during his lifetime, although his reputation declined from the late 18th century onwards.
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