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John Hookham Frere (1769-1846), Diplomat and writer

Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Entered Parliament as an MP in 1796. He was an envoy in Lisbon and Madrid, and in 1808 was sent to Spain as Minister-Plenipotentiary to the Central Junta. Affairs on the Peninsula were then in a very critical state, and in November of that year Napoleon marched upon Madrid. Frere advised Sir John Moore, the commander of the British forces in the north of Spain, to advance through Madrid. The consequences were disastrous; Frere was held responsible, recalled the following year, and found his political career at an end. Frere was known as a sparkling writer of humorous poetry. He returned to this pursuit, and his acclaimed translations of the comic plays of Aristophanes were published in 1840.

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John Hookham Frere

by Henry Edridge
pencil and chalk, circa 1800
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John Hookham Frere

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1817
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John Hookham Frere

by Henry Bone, possibly after John Hoppner
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, early 19th century
NPG D17218

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John Hookham Frere

by Henry Bone, after John Hoppner
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, May 1826 (1808)
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John Hookham Frere

after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
line engraving, (1818)
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