[Hugh Percy.] Britannicus Gemma Antiqua Exscalpt.Apud Hugonem Smithson Baronett. Gem: Mag:
Engraving, very rare. 260 x 195mm (10¼ x 7¾"). Trimmed close to plate lower right.
Gem portrait of Sir Hugh Percy (1714-86), 1st Duke of Northumberland. Born Hugh Smithson he took the name Percy when he married Lady Elizabeth Seymour, Baroness Percy. He was a patron of Canaletto, Robert Adam and Thomas Chippendale. His illegitimate son, James Smithson (1765–1829), made the founding bequest and provided the name for the Smithsonian Institution.
[Ref: 35340] £260.00