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Andrew Fletcher.
Andrew Fletcher. From an Authentick Portrait, in the Collection of the Earl of Buchan.
C. Aikmann pinxit. Anna Forbes del: Buchaniæ Invitavit.
London Published Sep: 21, 1791 by J. Debrett.
Stipple printed in sepia. Sheet 180 x 115mm (7 x 4½"). Trimmed within plate.
Medallion portrait of Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1655-1716), a Scottish nationalist and member of the Scottish Parliament. Fleeing from Charles II's wrath in 1683 he joined the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685, taking command of the cavalry briefly before sent away for causing internal friction, so not participating in the defeat. He returned to Scotland with William of Orange, where he was a supporter of the Darien Scheme that bankrupted his country. However he still fought against the Act of Union, publishing his 'twelve limitations' in the power of the crown and English ministers in Scottish politics. Once the act was passed he retired from politics. Dying in London in 1716, his last words were 'Lord have mercy on my poor country that is so barbarously oppressed'.
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Mr. Gay
Mr. Gay
W. Aikman pinxit. F. Milvus fecit [pseudonym of Francis Kyte].
Sold by John Heney at Mr Gay's Head, Tavestock Street. [n.d., 1728.]
Mezzotint. 350 x 255mm (13¾ x 10"). Thread margins, small tears, cellotape glue stains.
John Gay (1685-1732), poet and playwright. A member of the Scriblerus Club in London along with Pope, Swift, and other writers, Gay is best-known for 'The Beggar's Opera', which was produced almost every year until the 1880s, and in the twentieth century supplied the plot for Brecht and Weils 'Die Dreigroschenoper' ('The Threepenny Opera'). Francis Kyte was convicted of forging a banknote in 1725, after which he sometimes Latinised his name to Milvus.
NPG D19056; CS 2. Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34353]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Allan Ramsay.
Allan Ramsay.
G. White Fecit. [William Aikman Pinxt.]
Sold by Sam.l Sympson at his Print Shop in the Strand near Catherine Street. [n.d. c.1740.]
Mezzotint, rare. Plate 196 x 152mm (7¾ x 6"). Tear and paper loss in lower edge and into publication line.
Portrait of the poet half length facing to right but looking forward; wearing coat unbuttoned to waist and cap; in oval. Allan Ramsay (1686-1758) the Scottish poet, playwright, publisher, librarian and wig-maker. His works include 'The Gentle Shepherd' (1725). He was father to the painter of the same name.
CS: 37.
[Ref: 28963]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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