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The Honorable Mathew Prior,
The Honorable Mathew Prior, Esqr Her late most Sacred Majesty's Plenipotentiary to Louis XIV. King of France, and one of the Commisioners of Her Customs.
[After Alexis Simon Belle]
[Published by George Vertue] [n.d. c.1710]
Engraving, print 355 x 240mm (14 x 9½"). Trimmed and glued to album sheet. Right section trimmed off. Glued down tear.
Half length portrait of poet and diplomat Matthew Prior (1664-1721), in oval border set on a ledge. He wears a long curly wig, lace cravat and embroidered jacket (formal French dress). The original painting is currently on loan to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior entered the House of Commons in 1700. Prior became ambassador at Paris and was charged with improving relations between the two countries, which had fought on opposite sides during the War of the Spanish Succession. However he was recalled in 1715 on the death of Queen Anne and imprisoned.
[Ref: 58865]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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