This is an original 1876 black and white steel engraving that depicts William Russell (Lord Russell), a prominent 17th century English politician who was known for taking a hard line against the monarchy. He belonged to the Country Party, a conglomerate of Tories and Whigs who professed to have the nation's best interest in heart. Apparently, having James II succeed Charles II was not part of that interest, as the Country Party were among those in support of his eventual arrest for treason and beheading in 1701. However, Russell saw his demise before James did, as the government found out about his involvement in the Rye House Plot to ambush James and Charles and they were not happy. He died in 1683, beheaded for treason.
This 135+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No tears. No water damage. Please note the mark in the upper left side.
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.