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Edmund Burke

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Artist: George Romney

A fine early mezzotint portrait of Edmund Burke by John Jones after the work by George Romney, published in 1790. Within Colnaghi's early 20th century 'Hogarth' frame. Russell 11, first state. Ex. Colnaghi, ex. Lennox Boyd. Excellent condition.  

Edmund Burke (1729 or 1730-1797), said by Winston Churchill to be 'perhaps the greatest man that Ireland has produced'.
 Burke was one of the eighteenth century's leading statesmen, political thinkers and writers. His impact on the Regency age centres on his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), a major work opposing the French Revolution which laid the foundations of modern British conservatism. Originally a Whig, he showed liberal support for the North American colonies and Catholic emancipation. Despite his early reputation as a reformer, Burke's Reflections expressed fears that revolutionary ideals would violently destroy essential British traditions and institutions. These views led him to break with the Whigs and side with the Tories, for whom he became a figurehead.

22 in x 28.75 in; plate 14 in x 20 in.

Item Code: 1471

£ 575

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