[Sir John Fleming Leicester.]
Mezzotint. Proof before all letters, very rare; 135 x 110mm (5¼ x 4¼").
Half-length portrait of John Fleming Leicester (1762-1827), 1st Baron De Tabley, shown as colonel of the Cheshire Yeomanry c.1800. He raised the regiment in 1797 in response to the threat from Revolutionary France; in 1803 George Prince of Wales, a personal friend of Leicester, gave permission for the regiment to wear his triple feather crest, a badge that Cheshire Yeoman still wear today. 400 men of the Cheshire Yeomanry participated in the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Leicester was an art collector and amateur artist taught by Robert Marris, Thomas Vivares, and Paul Sandby. He is known to have produced a series of lithographs. This is a detail of a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds and his assistant James Northcote, still in the family home at Tabley House, Cheshire, which was engraved in mezzotint by Samuel William Reynolds in 1800. Henry Meyer engraved a stipple of the same detail.
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[Ref: 36543] £95.00