[Sir Peter Laurie.]
[London, Published Jany 1839, by Thomas Boys Printseller to the Royal Family, XI Golden Square, Regent Street.]
Mezzotint with large margins. Very rare proof impression before all letters. Platemark: 550 x 400mm (21Ĺ x 15ĺ").
A portrait of a politician and social campaigner Sir Peter Laurie (1778-1861), turned to front, looking to left, holding a hat in left hand and wearing his robes and chain of office. Sir Peter Laurie was an alderman, Lord Mayor of London (1832-3), President of the Royal Hospitals of Bridewell & Bethlem, and was governor of the Union Bank of London, (1839-61). Throughout his public life, Laurie promoted schemes of social advancement and more open government. It is said that The character of 'Alderman Cute' in Charles Dickensí 'The Chimes' (1844) is a satirical representation of Laurie and his dismissive attitude towards Londonís poor.
Ex Collection: The Honourable Christopher Lennox-Boyd. O'D: 259/2.
[Ref: 35130] £320.00