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Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham (1781-1851), Lord Chancellor

Sitter in 14 portraits
Pepys was called to the Bar in 1804, and ran a highly successful legal practice. In 1830, he was appointed Solicitor General to Queen Adelaide, a post he held for two years. He entered Parliament as MP in 1831, where he rarely spoke except on purely legal questions. At the time there was a shortage of lawyers in the House of Commons and, to the surprise of many, in 1834 Pepys was appointed both Solicitor General and Master of the Rolls. He became Lord Chancellor in 1836. Although little remembered as a politician or as a law reformer, he was praised for his work as a judge.

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The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham

by Charles Robert Leslie
oil on canvas, exhibited 1840
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D41374

A Battering Train

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 6 June 1836
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D41386

The Murder of the Innocents

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 29 August 1836
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D41397

Nursery Rhymes No. 5 (Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham; Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham)

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 27 December 1836
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D34154

Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham

by Maclure, Macdonald & Macgregor, after Henry Perronet Briggs
lithograph, (1837)
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D41402

Don Carlos and the In-quiz-ition in London

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 10 February 1837
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D41403

The Cock Pit

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 16 February 1837
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D41450

The Royal Cosset

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 5 February 1838
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D41490

Maternal Solicitude - Unnatural Offspring

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 10 October 1838
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D41495

Van Amburgh Outdone!

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 3 December 1838
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D33637

Stothard's admired picture of "The Procession of the Flitch of Bacon". Somewhat Metamorphosed!

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean, printed by General Lithographic Establishment, after Thomas Stothard
lithograph, published 11 February 1841
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D41603

Stothard's admired picture of "The Procession of the Flitch of Bacon". Somewhat Metamorphosed!

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean, printed by General Lithographic Establishment, after Thomas Stothard
lithograph, published 11 February 1841
NPG D41603