His Grace John Duke of Roxburghe &c.Principall Secretary of State to her Majesty Queen Ann in 1704 [...]
Mezzotint with very large margins, fine; platemark 355 x 260mm (14 x 10¼").
John Ker, first duke of Roxburghe (c.1680-1741), politician prominent in Scottish politics from 1702 onwards. Roxburghe (as he was created in 1707) was part of the Scottish administration, known as the 'squadrone' which supported the Scottish government in the votes that led to the Union of 1707. He continued to play a role in the politics of the newly created British state, but backed John Carteret rather than the rising star, Sir Robert Walpole. Walpole dimissed Roxburghe from his office of (Scottish) secretary of state in 1725. Thereafter he lived largely in political retirement, and died in 1741 at Floors Castle, which had been built for him by Vanbrugh. Engraved after the 1723 portrait by Jonathan Richardson the elder, which hangs at Floors Castle.
CS 309 (only state).
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