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Edward Harley (1689–1741), 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer

Photo credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

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Edward Harley, son of Robert, 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, married well to the only daughter and heir of the 1st Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne, who brought a fortune of half a million pounds. An extravagant man, he collected on a grand scale so that at his death he was estimated to own 7,639 manuscript volumes, 14,236 original rolls, charters, deeds and other legal documents, 330,000 printed pamphlets, 41,000 prints, over 17,000 books, plus antiquities, coins, medals and pictures.

British Museum

London

Title

Edward Harley (1689–1741), 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer

Date

1728 or after

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 150 x W 122 cm

Accession number

Painting.16

Acquisition method

gift from the Dowager Duchess of Portland, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, née Harley, 1768; on loan to the British Library, since 1990

Work type

Painting

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