John Wilkes Esq.r
Pub. by Sherwood, Neely & Jones, Paternoster Row. [n.d. c.1815.]
Stipple. 257 x 196mm (10¼ x 7¾"). Repaired tear at bottom.
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.
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