Viscount Ranelagh

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 25 06 1870 with the caption He has succeeded in volunteering

The subject is Viscount Ranelagh , a renowned politician of the Victorian Era.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Heron Jones, 7th Viscount Ranelagh KCB (9 January 1812 – 13 November 1885) was a British aristocrat known for his involvement in the volunteer movement to recruit amateur soldiers for the defence of Britain and for his links to glamorous women of the era, notably the Pre-Raphaelite model Annie Miller and the actress Lillie Langtry. Heron Jones succeeded to the baronetcy becoming Viscount Ranelagh and Baron Jones of Navan in 1820 on the death of his father.Ranelagh started a relationship with Annie Miller when her fiancé William Holman Hunt was away in the Middle East. He was described in the letters of Hunt and his friends as a “notorious rake” because of his womanising. When Hunt learned of the relationship he broke off the engagement, leading to a meeting between Annie and Ranelagh in which he suggested that she should sue Hunt for breach of promise. In the end, she married Ranelagh’s cousin. Ranelagh was also responsible for introducing Lillie Langtry to London high society. According to Langtry herself “he completely changed the current of my life”. She became the centre of attention at a party to which he invited her, and was asked by both John Everett Millais and Frank Miles to sit for a portrait. source – Wikipedia

The artist signed APE was Carlo Pellegrini.

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