[London, Published by W. Sharp, March 25, 1796.]
Engraving with etching, proof before all letters, rare with large margins.
John Beresford (1738-1805), MP for Waterford County, member of the Privy Council of Ireland from 1768 and Privy Council of Great Britain from 1786. As such he wielded so much power that he was dubbed 'King of Ireland'. However when the Earl FitzWilliam became Lord Lieutenant in 1795 one of his first acts was to dismiss Beresford from his employment for corruption, although allowed to retain his official salary for life and given the assurance that no other member of his family would be removed. Beresford appealed to Prime Minister William Pitt: FitzWilliam was replaced and Beresford given his jobs back.
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