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John Dunning, 1st Baron Ashburton (1731-1783), Solicitor-General

Sitter in 14 portraits
Lawyer and Member of Parliament; one of the most powerful orators of his time and a strong defender of the liberty of the individual against the powers of the Crown and government. Solicitor-general in the Duke of Grafton's administration, 1768-70, but better known for his celebrated Parliamentary resolution, carried in 1780, that 'the influence of the Crown has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished'.