The Right Hono.ble Anthony Earle of Shaftesbury Baron Ashley of Wimbourne St. Giles and Lord Cooper of Powlett [...]
Engraving, platemark 420 x 315mm (16½ x 12½").
Anthony Ashley Cooper, first Earl of Shaftesbury (1621-1683), politician who fought first for Charles I in the Civil War and then for Parliament, but at the Restoration Charles II pardoned him. A member of the Cabal ministry, he was created Earl of Shaftesbury and appointed Lord Chancellor in 1672, shortly before this print was made. He favoured the claim of the Duke of Monmouth to the throne in the place of the Catholic James, Duke of York, and gained political ground briefly in the wake of the 'Popish Plot' (1679-81), but fell from favour so dramatically that he was forced to flee to the Netherlands in 1682. While he changed sides regularly in calculated political moves, Shaftesbury was a man of strong principles which ultimately motivated his manoeuvrings. Engraved after a portrait (now at Althorp, Northamptonshire) by John Greenhill (1644?-1676), a disciple of Lely who painted Shaftesbury on a number of occasions.
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