Richard Everard Webster, Viscount Alverstone (1842-1915), Lord Chief Justice
Sitter in 12 portraits
Richard Everard Webster, Viscount Alverstone, was a barrister, politician and judge who served in many high political and judicial offices. Called to the Bar in 1868, Webster quickly developed a large legal practice. He was appointed Attorney-General in 1885 and was elected MP a month later. With two brief breaks, he held this office until his appointment as Lord Chief Justice in 1900. Until 1895, when he agreed to forgo the right to do so, he continued in private practice, and in 1888-9 appeared before the Parnell commission as leading counsel for The Times. He presided over some notable trials of the era including that of Dr. Hawley Crippen.