It was not much of a lord to behold;

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Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Question: I perceive this phrase but I need a precise meaning. Does it reflect that it was not worth looking at this lord?

It was not much of a lord to behold; very thin and limber about the legs, with small feet like a doll's, and a small, glossy head like a seal's. I had seen just such looking lords standing in sentimental attitudes in front of Palmo's in Broadway
  • Barque

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    It means it was not a particularly remarkable or impressive sight. "Not much" means there was nothing striking/especially impressive about it.
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