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[Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke]
[Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke] H.S.L.B. Nil Admirari
[Jonathan Richardson Senior] 1738
Etching, sheet 155 x 125mm (6 x 5"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet, slight foxing
Henry St John, styled first Viscount Bolingbroke (1678-1851), politician, diplomatist and author. St John first entered parliament in 1701 and was appointed secretary at war in 1704 before resigning in 1708. He was subsequently secretary of state (1710-14) and aligned himself with the Jacobite cause to secure power for himself and the tories (spending several years in exile in France from 1716-23 as a result). Pardoned in 1723 Bolingbroke returned to England and tried to rally tory opposition in parliament, but was mostly active as a writer in later years. Portrait by Jonathan Richardson published as frontispiece to a volume of Bolingbroke's works in 1753 which attracted little critical attention.
[Ref: 42098]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[John Milton]
[John Milton]
J. Richardson 1738.
Etching, very large margins, 145 x 105mm. 5¾ x 4¼". A little soiled.
Portrait of John Milton (1608 - 1674), poet; bust in profile to right, in oval. By Jonathan Richardson (1667 - 1745), a portrait painter who etched a few plates himself, the master of Thomas Hudson and George Knapton. His 'Theory of Painting' published in 1715 inspired the young Joshua Reynolds to become an artist.
[Ref: 24928]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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