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Joseph Jekyll (1754-1837), Wit and politician, MP for Calne

Sitter associated with 16 portraits
Jekyll practised law on the western circuit, and wrote comic pieces for Whig newspapers, in particular, the Morning Chronicle and the Evening Statesman. Jekyll entered Parliament as an MP in 1787. He served as Solicitor General and Master in Chancery, but was chiefly remembered for an embarrassing incident in 1798 in which he told the House that an expedition to Ostend had failed. In fact, it was a success as he was forced to acknowledge the following day. He was satirised by James Gillray for this faux pas, in a cartoon that named him 'the little second-sighted lawyer'. Jekyll is best remembered today for writing The Life of Ignatius Sancho, the biography of a black slave.

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The House of Commons 1793-94

by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, 1793-1795
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1146

Joseph Jekyll

by George Dance
pencil, 1796
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D12205

Joseph Jekyll

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (1796)
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D12655

'Opposition telegraphs; - or - the little second-sighted lawyer giving a true specimen of patriotic information'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 June 1798
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D12659

'Nelson's Victory; - or - good-news operating upon loyal-feelings'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 3 October 1798
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D12688

'Harpyes defiling the feast' (George Tierney; George Shuckburgh; Joseph Jekyll)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 7 May 1799
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D13096

'Exhibition of a democratic-transparency, - with its effect upon patriotic feelings'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 15 April 1799
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D12756

'Integrity retiring from office!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 24 February 1801
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D12769

'Political dreamings! - Visions of peace! - Perspective horrors!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 9 November 1801
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D12847

'The wounded lion'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 16 July 1805
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D36499

Joseph Jekyll

by William Say, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1818 (circa 1816-1817)
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D39372

House of Commons, 1730

by Anthony Fogg, published by Edward Harding, after William Hogarth, and after Sir James Thornhill
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1803
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D14174

House of Commons, 1730

by Anthony Fogg, published by Edward Harding, after William Hogarth, and after Sir James Thornhill
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1803
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D39373

House of Commons, 1730

after William Hogarth, and after Sir James Thornhill
photographic print, early 20th century (1730)
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D40331

House of Commons, 1730

after William Hogarth, and after Sir James Thornhill
photographic print, early 20th century (1730)
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