Ralph Grey, 2nd Baron Grey of Warke

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Ralph Grey, 2nd Baron Grey of Warke, published by Alexander Browne, after  Sir Peter Lely, circa 1684 - NPG D11430 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Ralph Grey, 2nd Baron Grey of Warke

published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1684
13 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (335 mm x 248 mm) plate size; 14 3/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. (375 mm x 285 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1984
Reference Collection
NPG D11430


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  • Alexander Browne (active 1659-died 1706), Artist, publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 826 portraits, Sitter in 18 portraits.

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Opinions about the sitter's identity are divided. It may represent Ralph Grey (1630-1675) who succeeded his father as 2nd Baron Grey of Warke in 1674. Chaloner Smith suggests it more probably represents his son Forde Grey (1655-1701) who was Lord Grey at the time the plate was engraved. A Protestant Whig, Forde Grey was implicated in the Rye House Plot. He succeeded his father in 1675 as 3rd Baron Grey, and was created Earl of Tankerville (1695) and rewarded with several high offices by William III. He died in 1701. In the third state of this mezzotint the face and other details altered, and the inscription changed from The Right Honorable Lord Grey to Mr Samuel Butler.

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  • NPG D6917: Ralph Grey, 2nd Baron Grey of Warke (impression from same plate as)

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