Sir Andrew Fountaine (1676-1753), Collector
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Sir Andrew Fountaine first came to public notice when he accompanied Lord Macclesfield to carry the Act of Succession to the elector of Hanover in 1701. He was launched into the court circles of Europe, where he soon became a favourite. Over the next three years he made the first of his two grand tours of Europe, which is when he began collecting art. In 1705 Fountaine was in Holland as a member of the mission to the states general of the United Provinces. He used the trip to further enlarge his collection of books and coins. His second grand tour was in 1714, during which he collected many artworks for himself and his friends. In 1727 Fountaine succeeded Sir Isaac Newton as warden of the Royal Mint.