1835 Steel Engraving of HORATIO, First Lord Walpole
Original fine steel engraving by Harding & Lepard, Pall Mall, London England
Original fine steel engraving of Horatio, First Lord Walpole. Born 1678, Died 1757. From the original of VANLOO, in the collection of Thomas Walpole ESQ. Published July 1, 1835, by Harding & Lepard, Pall Mall East, London ENGLAND.
Engraving comes with it's companion page from Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain;
Edmund Lodge, ESQ. F.S.A.
Was the second surviving son of Robert Walpole, of Houghton, in Norfolk; grandson of Sir Edward, who received the order of the Bath from Charles the second, in reward for zealous services in the restoration; and a younger brother to that eminent statesman of the last century to whom he was little inferior in sagacity, and equal in integrity. His mother was Mary, only daughter and heir of Sir Geoffery Barwel, of Rougham, in Suffolk.
He was born on the eighth of December, 1678, and received his education on the foundation of Eton, and afterwards at King's College, in Cambridge, of which he was admitted a scholar when in the twentieth year of his age, and chosen a fellow in May, 1702. After some hesitation in the choice of a profession, he resolved to adopt that of the law, and took chambers in Lincoln's Inn, where he remained not long, for in 1705 he accepted the office of secretary to general, afterwards Earl, Stanhope, envoy to the Archduke Charles, whose claim to the then disputed crown of Spain the allied powers had warmly espoused. In this employment he became sensible not only of his talent but of his taste for public business, and this impulse, together with the example, and the rising interest, of his brother Robert, who was already distinguished in Parliament, and attached to Queen Anne's whig ministry, determined him to embrace a political life. He became private secretary to Mr. Boyle, afterwards Lord Carleton, in that minister's several offices of Chancellor of the Exchequer, and afterwards of Secretary of State; and in 1709 accompanied Lord Townshend to the Hague in the same capacity, on the appointment of that nobleman to the station of Plenipotentiary, jointly with the Duke of Marlborough, at the congress of Gertruydenberg...
Skillfully Engraved by W. Holl. Measures appx. 6 1/2" Wide by 10" Tall. The back is blank.
Condition is Very Good / Excellent, with No Rips, No Tears, No Writing, No Folds, No Bends, No Stains, Very Little Foxing, and Very Little Age Discoloration (around the page edge.)
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