[Charles Grey, 2nd Earl]Grey. April 7 1838 [ms]
[London, Published for the Proprietor Sir Thomas Lawrence. May 1829]
Mezzotint with separate india over title section, sheet 415 x 290mm (16¼ x 11½"). Slight damage on left side. Small margins, with sitter's autograph in ink.
Charles Grey, second Earl Grey (1764-1845), prime minister. Grey was the leader of the Whigs from 1806 to 1834. He led the party through the triumph of the Reform Act which extended the vote to the middle classes and gave representation to Britain's growing industrial towns. A follower of Fox, Grey had argued for constitutional reform since entering Parliament in 1786. He was an ardent supporter of Catholic emancipation and presided over the act to abolish slavery in all British-controlled territories (1833). Earl Grey tea is named after his fondness for it. Engraved after the 1828 portrait by Thomas Lawrence (private collection).
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