[His Grace the Duke of Portland.]
[London, published by William Austin 1785.]
Mezzotint, proof before all letters, 507 x 353mm. Paper generally soiled, mezzotint rubbed and scuffed, with creases in image upper and lower left.
William Henry Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Portland, (1738 – 1809), statesman, Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Prime Minister. He was known before 1762 by the courtesy title Marquess of Titchfield. He held a title of every degree of British nobility - that of Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount and Baron. Possibly an undescribed working proof, before the lettering 'India Bill' inscribed on the piece of paper held in the sitter's left hand. Artist and engraver's names faintly added in ink below portrait.
Hamilton: pg.55. Chaloner Smith: 13, unrecorded state. Provenance: John Murphy's granddaughter (according to pencil note on verso).
[Ref: 7692] £320.00