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An 18th century portrait miniature of Montague Garrard Drake of Shardiloes (1642-1728) MP for Amersham and Buckinghamshire, watercolour on ivory


Artist: Bernard Lens

Signed and dated 1708

Montague was the son of Montague Drake, M.P., of Shardeloes by Jane, daughter and heir of Sir John Garrard, 3rd Bt., M.P., of Lamer, Herts. He married 13 Oct. 1719, Isabella, daughter and heir of Thomas Marshall.

The Drakes acquired Shardiloes by marriage in 1626 and the manor of Amersham by purchase in 1637. Four generations of the family had sat for the borough since the restoration of its representation in 1624 after a gap of 300 years. Succeeding as a child to the principal interest at Amersham, Drake was returned there unopposed as a Tory in 1713 as soon as he came of age.
He was re-elected in 1715, voting against the Administration in all recorded divisions. His name was sent to the Pretender in 1721 as a probable supporter in the event of a rising; and he was well known to Bishop Atterbury, to whom he gave an annuity when in exile. The following year he was again successful at Amersham but chose to sit for the county, where he had been returned on a compromise. In 1727 'the populace ... were so mutinous and exasperated against the great Mr. Drake, [whom] they apprehended the chief promoter of the compromise and against the rights of the freeholders',that he went back to Amersham.

Literature: Daphne Foskett, Miniature Dictionary and Guide, p. 162
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Year                 April 22, 1708.
Medium                 watercolour on ivory,
Signed                 Signed and dated
Provenance                 Sotheby's, 28th February, 1977
Literature                 Daphne Foskett, Miniature Dictionary and Guide, p. 162
Condition                 Good
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