Sir John Fielding.
Engraving, with large margins. Plate 171 x 114mm. 6¾ x 4½".
Sir John Fielding (1721-1780) was a notable English magistrate and social reformer. Despite being blinded in a navy accident, aged 19, he set up his own business and, in his spare time, studied law. He worked very closely with his younger half-brother Henry Fielding and helped to root out corruption and improve the competence of those engaged in administering justice in London; together they formed the first professional police force, the Bow Street Runners. He became known as the "Blind Beak", and could allegedly recognise three thousand criminals by the sounds of their voices.
BM [Engraved Portraits; Vol.II]: 4.
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