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John Wilkes (1725-1797), Journalist, agitator and politician; MP for Aylesbury and Middlesex

Sitter associated with 47 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
Wilkes's imprisonment for libel and banishment from the House of Commons brought into question the validity of parliamentary elections. Arrested in 1763 for publishing an attack on the King's speech in his newspaper The North Briton, his case became a popular cause, sparking violent public protests to the cry of 'Wilkes and Liberty'. Finally permitted to take his seat in 1774, he was then elected Lord Mayor of London. With his squint, crossed eyes and long jaw, Wilkes was called the ugliest man in England at the time, but he was well known for his verbal wit and snappy responses to insults.

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D37524

John Wilkes

published by Matthew or Matthias Darly, after Kitchemer, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 23 May 1768
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D37525

John Wilkes

published by Matthew or Matthias Darly, after Kitchemer, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 23 May 1768
NPG D37525

D4799

John Wilkes

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D4799

D8325

John Wilkes

after Unknown artist
line and stipple engraving, circa 1768
NPG D8325

D8327

John Wilkes

after Unknown artist
line and stipple engraving, circa 1768
NPG D8327

D37522

John Glynn; John Wilkes; John Horne Tooke

by Richard Houston, published by Robert Sayer, published by John Smith of Cheapside
mezzotint, published 1769
NPG D37522

D19285

John Wilkes

printed for John Smith of Cheapside, printed for Robert Sayer
mezzotint, (circa 1769)
NPG D19285

D37520

John Wilkes

by John Dixon, published by Carington Bowles
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D37520

D18845

John Wilkes

by John Dixon, published by Carington Bowles
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D18845

D4800

John Wilkes

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1774
NPG D4800

D4801

John Wilkes

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1774
NPG D4801

D19995

John Wilkes

by Johann Philipp Haid
mezzotint, circa 1775-1800
NPG D19995

D9984

John Wilkes

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 17 June 1782
NPG D9984

D12304

'Banco to the knave'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 12 April 1782
NPG D12304

D12305

'Britania's assassination. Or the Repulicans amusement'

by James Gillray, published by Elizabeth d'Achery
hand-coloured etching, published 10 May 1782
NPG D12305

D12324

'Guy Vaux'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published circa June 1782
NPG D12324

D12381

'State-jugglers'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 16 May 1788
NPG D12381

D13065

'The installation-supper, as given at the Pantheon, by the Knights of the Bath on the 26th of May, 1788

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 4 June 1788
NPG D13065

D12669

'Two pair of portraits'

by James Gillray, published by John Wright
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 1 December 1798
NPG D12669

D13687

'"Two pair of portraits"'

by James Gillray, published by John Wright
etching and engraving, published 1 December 1798
NPG D13687

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