Henry George Elliot

Via Flickr:Original Vanity Fair Print, otherwise known as a Spy Print after the most renowned artist of the genre, Leslie Ward.

This colour lithograph is dated March 17th 1877 with the caption Ambassador to the Porte

The subject is The Right Hon. Sir Henry George Elliot G.C.B. , a renowned Ambassador of the Victorian Era.

source – Wikipedia – Sir Henry George Elliot (30 June 1817–30 March 1907) was a British diplomat. He was the second son of Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto. He was most noted for his period as ambassador at Constantinople, and his participation in the 1876-77 Constantinople Conference. Elliot took a pro-Turkish line despite the ‘Bulgarian atrocities’. He argued in a dispatch he made on 4 September 1876 “that British interests in preventing change in the Turkish empire were ‘not affected by the question whether it was 10,000 or 20,000 persons who perished in the suppression’. As a result of the unpopularity in Britain of his pragmatism in the face of atrocities he was relocated to Vienna in 1877. He died at home (Ardington House near Wantage) in 1907.

The artist signed SPY was Leslie Ward.

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