John Wilkes Esqr.- Member of Parliament for Aylesbury Bucks. Great without Title, beyond fortune blef'd, Rich ev'n when plundered, honour'd, while opprefs'd, Lov'd without Youth, & follow'd without Power, At Home, tho exil'd; free, tho' m the Tower. Pope.
[Printed for Carington Bowles, in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. No 69. ] [n.d. c. 1770.]
Engraving, rare. 330 x 230mm (13 x 9"). Trimmed to plate on three sides, trimmed at bottom losing inscription, backed on album paper.
John Wilkes (1725-97), English radical journalist and politician, becoming MP and Lord Mayor of London. Oddly he was a supporter of the American Revolution, yet was in charge of soldiers protecting the Bank of England during the Gordon Riots in 1780 and spoke against the French Revolution in 1789. This portrait, with Wilkes holding back a curtain in a window, shows the squint and the protunding jaw that earned him the description of 'the ugliest man in England'.
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