A gentleman called John Trenchard (1662-1723), in silver breast plate over deep blue tunic, lace jabot
Signed with monogram 'PC' (mid-left)
On vellum
Oval, 83 mm. high, gilt-metal frame with spiral surmount
The late H. Gordon Bois; Sotheby's, London, 27 March 1947, lot 70 (as a gentleman by Lawrence Cross, £32 to Backer).
J. J. Foster, Samuel Cooper and the English Miniature Painters of the Seventeenth Century, London, 1914-16, Supplement, p. 88, no. 77 (as belonging to Mr Jefferey [sic] Whitehead).
London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures, 1889, Case XV, no. 42 (as 'John Trenchard (1662-1723). Son of John Trenchard, Secretary of State during the reign of William III', lent by Jeffery Whitehead).

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Lot Essay

John Trenchard (1662-1723) was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and became a lawyer, but most of his career was spent writing on the subject of politics. Between 1720 and 1723 he co-wrote, under the pseudonym of Cato, a series of essays entitled Cato's Letters in which he condemns the corruption and lack of morality within British politics, and warns of tyranny within the political system.

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