|Artist||Giovanni Battista Cipriani after Thomas Simon|
|Dimensions||Image 254 x 173 mm, Plate 270 x 175 mm|
Bust portrait of of Edmund Ludlow (c. 1617-1692) to the right, set within wreath of oakleaves. Ludlow was a parliamentary commander and regicide. Inscription taken from 'Ludows Memoirs' posthumously published in 1698-9:
'of the shire for the County of Wilts in the Parliament which began Nov. III. MDCXL one of the Council of State L. Gen. of Horse and Commander in Chief of the forces in Ireland' and 'Drawn and etched MDCCLX by I. B. Cipriani a Florentine from a proof impression of a seal ingraved [sic] by Thomas Simon in the possession of THomas Hollis of Lincoln's Inn E.F.R. and A.SS.'
With a quotation over eleven lines, berating court corruption, with reference: 'When I first took arms under the Parliament in defence of the rights and liberties of my country ... I ... began now more to wonder that they found so many friends to assist them in their ust and lawyful undertaking than I had done before at the opposition they met with. / Ludlow's Memoirs'.
Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785) was an Italian painter, and the first exponent of Neoclassicism in England. He played an important part in directing eighteenth-century English artistic taste. His first lessons were given to him by a Florentine of English descent, Ignatius Hugford, and then under Anton Domenico Gabbiani. He was in Rome from 1750–1753, where he became acquainted with Sir William Chambers, the architect, and Joseph Wilton, the sculptor, whom he accompanied to England in August 1755.
O' Donoghue 6.