His Excellency Thomas Earl of StraffordViscount Wentworth of Wentworth Woodhouse & of Stainborough. Baron Newmarch Oversley and Raby. One of the Lords Justices of Great Brittain & Ireland by Act of Parliament dureing the Absence of his Majesty as first Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty Lieutenant General and Collonell of his Majestys own Royal Regiment of Dragoons. Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary to the States Generall of ye United Provinces as well as for the Congress at Utrecht. One of the Lords of his Majestys most Honourable privy Council & Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter.&c. 1714.
Engraving, 385 x 280mm. Small tears and some discoloration to margin, plate good.
Thomas Wentworth, Baron Raby and third Earl of Strafford (1672 - 1739), diplomatist. In early life Thomas Wentworth saw much service as a soldier in the Low Countries, and was occasionally employed on diplomatic errands. From 1706 to 1711 he was Queen Anne's ambassador to Berlin, where he secured the services of Johann von Bodt to design for him Wentworth Castle, in the heart of Wentworth country in South Yorkshire, built, largely directed by letter from a distance, ca 1710-20. From 1711 to 1714 he was British ambassador at the Hague, and in 1711 he was created Earl of Strafford. The earl was one of the British representatives at the congress of Utrecht, and in 1715 he was impeached for his share in concluding this treaty, but the charges against him were not pressed to a conclusion. Strafford retired to Wentworth Castle. He was created by 'James III' ('The Old Pretender') on the 5 June 1722 'Duke of Strafford' in the Jacobite Peerage of England. Published for Knowler's 'Strafford Letters' 1739.
BM: pg.207, 2. NPG: D1709. Sharp: 648.
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