John Wilkes, Esq.r
Published by Longman & Co. November 5th. 1804.
Stipple, with small margins. Plate 165 x 102mm. 6½ x 4".
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. After a portrait by Johan Zoffany, the German painter who made his name in London with his portraits and 'conversation pieces' of influential figures.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
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