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John Horne Tooke (1736-1812), Radical politician; MP and philologist

Sitter associated with 49 portraits
The radical politician Horne Tooke was an ardent campaigner for liberty and parliamentary reform. He helped establish 'The Society for Supporting the Bill of Rights', and was instrumental in organising the distribution of Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man in 1791. In 1794 he was wrongly accused of planning an uprising and imprisoned in the Tower of London. William Godwin's written attack against the charge of high treason was widely read and seen as decisive to Horne Tooke's eventual acquittal. Horne Tooke also achieved widespread acclaim for the Diversions of Purley (1786 and 1805), a major two-volume work of philology, the study of ancient texts and languages.

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D12906

'Broad-bottom drones storming the hive - wasps, hornets & bumble bees, joining in the attack'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 May 1808
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D12914

'Patriotic-petitions on the convention'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published circa October 1808
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D12921

'Overthrow of the Republican-Babel'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 May 1809
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D12922

'An old English-gentleman pester'd by servants wanting places'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 16 May 1809
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D12923

'True reform of Parliament, - i.e. - patriots lighting a revolutionary-bonfire in New Palace Yard'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 14 June 1809
NPG D12923

D12930

'The life of William Cobbett - written by himself. No 7'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 29 September 1809
NPG D12930

D12931

'The life of William Cobbett - written by himself. No 8'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 29 September 1809
NPG D12931

D13749

John Horne Tooke

by William Ward, after John Raphael Smith
mezzotint, published 1811
NPG D13749

D20871

John Horne Tooke

by William Ward, after John Raphael Smith
mezzotint, published 1811
NPG D20871