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Ref: 5118

William Wentworth, Lord Fitzwilliam, laudatory medal 1819, bronze, by J Wilson

 

 

Obv: half-length bust of Fitzwilliam left

 

Rev: HEIR TO THE VIRTUES AS WELL AS TO THE ESTATES OF HIS UNCLE CHARLES, MARQUIS OF ROCKINGHAM, AND NOT MORE NEARLY ALLIED TO HIM BY PROXIMITY OF BLOOD THAN BY SIMILARITY OF MANNERS. HE GOVERNED IRELAND IN PEACE A.D. 1795, AND WAS LORD LIEUTENANT OF THE WEST-RIDING OF YORKSHIRE FROM 1798 TO 1819 in 14 lines

 

 

Condition: Almost extremely fine; Diameter: 55mm

 

References: BHM 988; E 1113

 

Notes: Eimer states that this medal was struck circa 1824. BHM says he was recalled from Ireland in 1795 after just three months because of his ‘premature and unauthorised avowal of sympathy with the demand for Catholic emancipation’. Likewise he was dismissed from his lieutenancy in 1819 because of his criticism of the Peterloo massacre, which happened that year. Brown also states that he was popular with all classes on account of his public spirit and generosity.

 

 

Price £110

William Wentworth, Earl Fitzwilliam, medal 1819
William Wentworth, Earl Fitzwilliam, medal 1819



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