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Bought from Suckling & Co., 13 Cecil Court, November, 1970

Physical Description

2nd re-worked state, trimmed to the edge of the plate, but complete, with name of engraver and publisher erased.
Half length portrait in an oval frame. Body of sitter turned to the left, head facing front; long hair, cravat, loose gown. Inscribed 'Coll Blood'.


Dimensions: (Oval diameters) Height: 20.5 cm (8.12 in), Width: 17.3 cm (6.8 in)


Places England


Thomas Blood, (?1618-1680), was an ex-Cromwellian soldier who had obtained estates in Ireland which were forfeited at the Restoration. Forced to leave Ireland after an unsuccessful attack on Dublin Castle, he was involved in various republican intrigues and finally in 1671 evolved an unsuccessful attempt to steel the crown jewels. He was pardoned and reinstated in his Irish estates by Charles II.

George White (c1671-c1734) was the son of Robert White, also an engraver. George first practised as a portrait painter, but, after the death of his father in 1704, finished the plates left incomplete by him and also engraved some portraits in the same style. The portrait of Colonel Blood is considered one of his best plates (J.Chaloner-Smith, British Mezzotints Portraits, London 1883).
The first state was inscribed 'G. White Fecit... sold by S.Sympson in Ye Strand near Catherine Street' but this was erased in the later reworked state.