James Earle of Derby

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James Earle of Derby
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A shoulder length oval portrait, contained within an engraved border, almost in profile, of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby. Once known as the “Martyr Earl”, he had become MP for Liverpool in 1625 and was made a Knight of the Bath in 1626. He sided with the Royalist cause during the Civil War, and is reputed to have mustered an army of some sixty thousand in his attempt to recover Manchester for the King. He succeeded to the Earldom on the death of his father in 1642. He went on to fight with Prince Rupert at Bolton, before withdrawing to the Isle of Man, where he remained for six years, whilst the war raged on on the mainland. During that time he wrote a Discourse Concerning the Government of the Isle of Man.
After the execution of Charles I in 1649 he went on to fight for Prince Charles at Wigan and Worcester, after which defeat he was in the party that took Prince Charles into hiding a Boscobel in Staffordshire. Shortly after this he was captured by the parliamentarians, condemned and executed.
David Loggan was an engraver and draughtsman of German descent. Born in Danzig (now Gdansk), he came to England before 1653. He is best known for his engravings of Oxford and Cambridge colleges. (DNB)