John Smith after John Richardson
David Boyle, Earl of Glasgow
15 x 20 inches
A mezzotint portrait by John Smith after the painting by Richardson; published in London in 1711.
David Boyle, Earl of Glasgow, was a Scottish peer and politician who was instrumental in Queen Anne's Act of Union of 1707. Scotland had lost a great deal of money in the ill-fated Darien scheme whereby Scotland had hoped to establish a colony in South America during the 1690s. Many families faced financial ruin as a result of this failed project and, after the Act of Union, it was Boyle who received substantial amounts of money released from the government in London by way of compensation, a payment that was to be known as The Equivalent.