[Published by Colnaghi, 1812.]
Stipple on india, sheet 165 x 120mm (6½ x 4¾"). Proof before letters; trimmed inside platemark.
Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), the only prime minister to be assassinated, from a miniature showing him aged thirty when he first entered politics. A lawyer initially, after becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1807, he was made Prime Minister in 1809 after the death of the duke of Portland, governing during the upheavals of the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. He was shot dead in the lobby of the House of Commons by John Bellingham, a merchant who had incurred debt in Russia and had been refused compensation by the government.
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