George Spencer, Duke of Marlborough, &c. &c. &c.
Publish'd as the Act directs Dec.r 16.th 1786, by J. Jones, No.63 Great Portland Street.
Mezzotint printed in colours, platemark 621 x 380mm (24½ x 15"). Cracks along platemark; small margins.
Full-length portrait of George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough (1739-1817), courtier and politician, wearing robes of the Garter. He served as Lord Chamberlain between 1762 and 1763 and as Lord Privy Seal between 1763 and 1765. After his early years he played little part in political matters and lived quietly at Blenheim, but remained relevant in electoral terms for his influence in Oxfordshire. He employed Capability Brown to remodel the gardens at Blenheim and made important gifts to the university of Oxford.
CS 54 ii/iii; Ex Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; for first state see ref. 29159.
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