[America] [Don Bernardino Rivadavia, President of the Republic of the United Provinces.]
London Published Oct.r 24 1825, by Mr Turner, 50, Warren Street, Fitzroy Square.
Mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 510 x 370mm (20 x 14˝"). Slight foxing to margins; very scarce.
Bernardino de la Trinidad Gónzalez Rivadavia y Rivadavia (1780-1845), first president of Argentina (then known as the Republic of the United Provinces), 1826-7. He sits at a desk holding a document headed 'Reforma [E]celesiastica Buenos Ayres 1822' (Rivadavia's religious reforms transferred many of the Catholic church's assets to the Republic). Another document, headed 'Systema Representative' also on the table. In 1824 Rivadavia visited London where, in association with the Hullet Brothers bank he founded the Rio de la Plata Mining Association. Rivadavia was also a correspondent and admirer of Jeremy Bentham, who he first met in London in 1820. Engraved after the portrait by Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), whose over 700 portraits record the leading personalities of his time.
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Whitman 497 i/ii.
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