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Henry Cowper

(1758-1840), Lawyer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Cowper was called to the Bar in 1775 and acted as reporter of cases decided by the King's Bench. He earned a high reputation and helped to establish the principles of modern law reporting. He published Reports of cases in the Court of King's Bench from Hilary term 14 George III to Trinity term 18 George III in 1883. In 1785, Cowper was appointed clerk assistant of the House of Lords and deputy clerk of the Parliaments, and played an important role in the trial of Warren Hastings before the House of Lords in 1788. He retired in 1826, after forty-one years' service.

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The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 999

The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1820-1823
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 999

Henry Cowper, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(23)

Henry Cowper

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1823
NPG 316a(23)

Henry Cowper, by William James Ward, after  John Jackson - NPG D34196

Henry Cowper

by William James Ward, after John Jackson
mezzotint, circa 1800-1825
NPG D34196

Henry Cowper, by William James Ward, after  John Jackson - NPG D15062

Henry Cowper

by William James Ward, after John Jackson
mezzotint, circa 1800-1825
NPG D15062


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