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Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford (1794-1878), Lord Chancellor

Sitter in 14 portraits
Originally destined for a naval career, Thesiger left the Navy after becoming heir to his father's West Indian estates. However, a year after moving to St Vincent, a volcano destroyed the estate and impoverished his family. Thesiger proceeded to practise as a barrister in England, joining the home circuit and Surrey sessions, soon becoming the leading counsel. In 1834 he became King's Counsel and in 1840 he entered parliament as Conservative MP. Four years later he was made Solicitor-General and shortly afterwards became Attorney-General. On the fall of Peel's government in 1846 he returned to private practice. He later became Attorney General again in 1852 and was made Lord Chancellor in 1858.

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Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by Alfred Thompson (Atn)
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 5 February 1870
NPG 5784

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Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by Arthur James ('A.J.') Melhuish
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax46333

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Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by Caldesi, Blanford & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG Ax5095

D33021

Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by W. Joseph Edwards, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, 1840s
NPG D33021

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Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by William Holl Jr, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, 1854 or after
NPG D20674

D33022

Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by W. Joseph Edwards, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, published 1858
NPG D33022

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Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by Caldesi, Blanford & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x6010

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Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax38679

Ax53233

Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 23 May 1861
NPG Ax53233

Ax53234

Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 23 May 1861
NPG Ax53234

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Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by William Walker & Sons
bromide print, circa 1867
NPG Ax15843

Ax17491

Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1876
NPG Ax17491