[Marble bust of Lady Margaret Harley, with frontispiece to 'A Catalogue of the Portland Museum']
Two engravings, sheet 215 x 160mm (8½ x 6¼") [Harley] 195 x 140mm (7¾ x 5½") [Portland]. Both trimmed inside platemark and glued to backing sheet.
Engraved portrait of Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, duchess of Portland (1715-85), collector of art and natural history specimens and patron of the arts and sciences, after a bust sculpted by Rysbrack. Originally published as a plate to the poet Elijah Fenton's edition of Waller's 'Works'. Portland spent fifty years assembling an immense collection of natural history and the fine arts at her home at Bulstrode, Buckinghamshire, which became the largest in Britain, exceeding even that of Hans Sloane. The most famous item in her collection was the so-called Portland vase which she purchased from Sir William Hamilton (now in the British Museum). After the duchess' death, her collection was auctioneed in a sale lasting thirty-eight days. The frontispiece to that catalogue, also offered here, shows the vase along with various other items in the collection.
[Ref: 39589] £180.00