John Wilks, Esq.r
Publish'd by Vernor & Hood, Oct.r 1.1805.
Stipple in oval, title in open letters. 222 x 146mnm. 8¾ x 5¾". Creasing along lower edge.
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. He was 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. Engraved in reverse from the parodic portrait by Wilkes' enemy William Hogarth.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
[Ref: 25527] £60.00