This is an original 1876 black and white steel engraving of James Scott, the 1st Duke of Monmouth. He was the illegitimate son of King Charles II and his mistress Lucy Walter, which gave him the misguided idea that he had a right to the English throne upon his father's death. Well versed in the art of war, he was no stranger to uprisings and took it upon himself to create one, which was later known as the Monmouth Rebellion. Despite his best efforts, he failed to oust his uncle, King James II, and was later executed for his outlandish behavior. There is a rumor that he was the mysterious man in the iron mask, as some believe that James couldn't bear to kill his relative and sent him to live out his days in France with King Louis XIV instead.
This 135+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note the small mark in the upper left.
Product Type: Original Steel Engraving; Black / White
Grade: Very Fine +++
Dimensions: Approximately 3.5 x 5.25 inches; 9 x 13 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
Period Paper is thrilled to offer a collection of steel engraved portraits that provides a fascinating look at the English nobility of the 17th century. During this turbulent time, the British Isles were torn apart by two sets of divided factions, parliament versus the monarchy and the Catholics against the Anglicans and members of the Puritan movement. Each portrait, featured here in incredible detail, belongs to an individual whose religion, decisions, and political standing helped to shape the England we know and love today.
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