Anthony Todd Esqr.
Publish'd as the Act directs April 17.th by John Jones. No.75 Gr. Portland Street. [n.d. c.1770.]
Mezzotint, platemark 380 x 274mm (15 x 10¾"). Very large margins. Crease bottom right.
Anthony Todd (c.1718-1798), foreign secretary of the Post Office. This made him responsible for supervising the opening and copying of foreign correspondence, liaison with the deciphering branch to deal with intercepted items in code, and making recommendations to be laid before the king. He fulfilled the position (albeit with interruptions during which his rival Henry Potts was favoured) under several governements and in both the Seven Year' War and American War of Independence. Following his marriage in 1758, Todd purchased an estate of around 150 acres in Walthamstow, Essex (now London), to which he retired after 1787. The painter George Romney befriended Daniel Braithwaite, the clerk to the Postmaster General, who introduced him Todd, who became one of Romney's first high-profile sitters. The oil is now in the British Postal Museum & Archive Collection.
CS 72 ii/ii; for proof before letters see ref. 29141.
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