John George Lambton, Esq. M.P. for the County Durham.From the original Picture in the possession of Earl Grey.
Mezzotint with very large margins, very fine. Platemark: 380 x 270mm (15 x 10½").
John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham (1792 - 1840), standing in front of a curtain, directed to front, facing towards the left. He holds a book upright on a table with his right hand, next to document. Following his father's death in 1797, Lambton inherited an immense fortune, derived largely from mining on lands surrounding Lambton Castle, the ancestral family home in County Durham. In 1821, he gained the nickname 'Jog Along Jack', after being asked what was an adequate income for an English gentleman, and replying, 'that a man might jog along comfortably enough on £40,000 a year', an equivalent of nearly two millions pounds at modern values. He was MP for County Durham for 16 years from 1813, and was appointed Lord Privy Seal in 1830 when his father-in-law, Lord Grey, became prime minister. Between 1835 and 1837 he served as Ambassador to Russia. The following year, Lambton became Governor-General of Canada, where he was known as 'Radical Jack', and subsequently lauded in English -Canadian history for his recommendation to introduce responsible government and recommending the union of Upper and Lower Canada. Places named after him in Canada, New Zealand etc.
Ex Collection: The Honourable Christopher Lennox-Boyd. W: 173 II of II.
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