George Jefferies, Lord Jeffereies, 1685 Ob.t 1689.
Pub.d 1819 by T. Rodd, 2 Gt. Newport St, Long Acre.
Mezzotint with large margins. Plate 183 x 133mm. 7¼ x 5¼".
George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys (1645-1689), also known as 'The Hanging Judge', was a Welsh judge. He became notable during the reign of King James II, rising to the position of Lord Chancellor. He was appointed Lord Chief Justice in 1683 and his reputation was founded on the ruthless manner in which he conducted the 'Bloody Assize' in the West Country after Monmouth's Rebellion (1685). At the Revolution of 1688 he was nearly lynched by a London mob and took refuge in the Tower, where he died of natural causes.
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