(b. 1660, Osnabrück, d. 1711, London)

Maurice and Anthony Ashley-Cooper

c. 1700
Oil on canvas, 243 x 171 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London

Anthony Ashley Cooper, the Third Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713) was an English philosopher who profoundly influenced 18th-century thought in Britain, France, and Germany. Maurice Ashley-Cooper (1675-1726), a classical scholar, was his younger brother. The double portrait represents the brothers mutual interest in moral philosophy,

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