Henry Sidney son to Robert Earle of Leicester.
Sold by Alex: Browne at ye blew belcony in little Queen Street [n.d., c.1684].
Mezzotint, 365 x 280mm. 14¼ x 11". Paper age toned.
Henry Sidney, Earl of Romney (1641 - 1704), politician; youngest son of Robert, 2nd Earl of Leicester. Here depicted wearing a hunting shirt and buskins, and holding a staff or spear, a dog alongside him. Envoy to The Hague in 1679 - 1681, Sidney gained the confidence of William of Orange and was instrumental in preparing his arrival in England in 1688. After the accession of William III to the English throne Sidney was rewarded with offices and honours, including the posts of secretary of state (1690-1) and lord-lieutenant of Ireland (1692). He was created Earl of Romney in 1692 and died unmarried in 1704. After Sir Peter Lely (1618 - 1680).
Chaloner Smith: 35, state II of II.
[Ref: 9463] £190.00