John Wilkes, Esqr. Member of Parliament for the County of Middlesex, Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without Friend to Liberty, a Lover of his King, Opposer of Ministerial Tyranny, and Defender of his Country.
[Published as the Act directs April 14, 1769.]
Mezzotint, very rare & scarce. 355 x 253mm. 14 x 10". Publication line cut. Cut to plate.
John Wilkes (1725-1797), politician and agitator. His imprisonment for libel and banishment from the House of Commons brought into question the validity of parliamentary elections. Arrested in 1763 for publishing an attack on the King's speech. His case became very popular causing violent public protests to the cry of "Wilkes and Liberty". He was finally permitted to take his seat in 1774 and was elected Lord Mayor of London the same year.
CS: 25. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 14800] £360.00