Most Humbly Inscribed to His Grace the Duke of Portland, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, by Tho.s Milton.
Published as the Act directs 1st January, 1783 by J. Walker, Charing Cross London, for the Author, T. Milton in Dublin.
Engraving. 155 x 200mm (6 x 8"). Very large margins.
Phnix Lodge, built by Nathaniel Clements while he was Ranger of Phnix Park, was described by Milton as 'nothing more than a neat, plain, brick building'. A year before this engraving the house was bought by the government to be the summer residence for the Lord Lieutenant, for £25,000, fully-furnished. Portland thought it too small, and soon large wings were added. Later both George IV and Victoria stayed at the Viceregal Lodge during state visits. After independence the building became the official residence of the Irish President, 'Áras an Uachtaráin'. This plate was engraved by Thomas Milton and issued in the second installment (of six) of his 'A Collection of Select Views from the different Seats of the Nobility and Gentry in the Kingdom of Ireland', published 1783-93, with a total of 24 plates. Milton (1743-1827), son of marine painter John Milton, is believed to have been a pupil of William Woollett. He later worked on Boydell's Shakespeare series and aquatinted some of Luigi Meyer's views of Egypt.
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