Sir John Leach, Knt.Vice Chancellor of England
London Pub.d Sep.r 12th by Zach.h Sweet 38 Chancery Lane
Fine and rare mezzotint, platemark 360 x 255mm (14¼ x 10"). Large margins.
Sir John Leach (1760-1834), politician and lawyer. Beginning his career as a whig MP for Seaford in Sussex, Leach developed a close relationship with the prince regent, becoming his first legal officer (seen as a betrayal by whigs). Leach was instrumental in the divorce proceedings against queen Caroline following the scandal of her affair with Bergami, and was widely criticised in caricatures and poems (he was the 'leech' of Shelley's 'Oedipus Tyrannus') for his perceived deceit. Leach never achieved his great ambitions of becoming lord chancellor and obtaining a peerage.
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