(Jacob Hildebrand)

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(Jacob Hildebrand)
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Jacobus Houbraken
(Jacob Hildebrand)
Amsterdam 1735
Proof engraving.
290 x 220 mm
A very fine proof of a private plate of Sir Hildebrand Jacob Bard, poet and dramatist, born in 1693, was only son of Colonel Sir John Jacob, third baronet, of Bromley, Kent, by his wife Lady Catherine Barry, daughter of the second Earl of Barrymore. He was named after his mother's brother, Hildebrand Alington, fourth lord Alington (d. 1722). He is usually described as of West Wratting, Cambridgeshire. During 1728 and 1 729 he visited Paris, Vienna, and the chief towns of Italy. He died, in the lifetime of his father, on 25 May 1739, having married Muriel, daughter of Sir John Bland, bart., of Kippax Park, Yorkshire, by whom he left a son, Hildebrand (see below), and a daughter.Jacob published anonymously in 1720-1 a clever but indelicate poem, ' The CuriousMaid,' which was frequently imitated and parodied.