Archibald Philip Primrose Vanity Fair Print 1875
Original Lithograph of the Future Prime Minister The 5th Earl Of Rosebery with the caption at the bottom of the print: Horses
Published: 03-Jun-1876 Signed by: SPY, Leslie Ward . Dimensions approximately 26cm x 38cm. Free postage to mainland UK. Overseas buyers please contact us to agree shipping.
He was a Whig aristocrat, Rosebery was twice Foreign Secretary, firstly in 1886 and then from 1892 to 1894. He succeeded William Gladstone as Prime Minister and served in this office from 1894 to 1895. His selection was seen largely as the consequence of Queen Victoria’s dislike for most of the leading Liberals of the day. Rosebery’s government is considered to have been fairly unsuccessful. His designs in foreign policy, such as expansion of the fleet, were defeated by disagreements within the Liberal Party, while the Tory-dominated House of Lords stopped the whole of the Liberals’ domestic legislation.
Whilst at Christ Church, in 1868 he bought a horse named Ladas, although a rule banned undergraduates from owning horses. When he was found out, he was offered a choice: to sell the horse or to give up his studies. He chose the latter, and subsequently was a prominent figure in British horseracing for 40 years.
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