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Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

(1790-1868), Judge

Sitter in 12 portraits
Rolfe twice served as Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom. Having trained in the law, Rolfe was called to the Bar in 1816. He entered Parliament as an MP in 1832 until he was appointed Vice Chancellor and raised to the peerage as Baron Cranworth in 1850. Two years later he became Lord Chancellor in Lord Aberdeen's coalition ministry. Cranworth was not reappointed when Palmerston returned to office in 1859, but in 1865 he accepted the office for a second time, and held it until the fall of the Russell administration in 1866. Just nine days before his death in 1868, he passed judgement in the case of Rylands v Fletcher, one of the most famous cases in English legal history.

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The Coalition Ministry, 1854, by Sir John Gilbert - NPG 1125

The Coalition Ministry, 1854

by Sir John Gilbert
pencil, pen and ink and wash, 1855
NPG 1125

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854', by William Walker, after  Sir John Gilbert - NPG 1125a

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
NPG 1125a

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth, by Caldesi, Blanford & Co - NPG Ax16237

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by Caldesi, Blanford & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG Ax16237

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth, by Francis Holl, after  George Richmond - NPG D34214

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by Francis Holl, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, published 1850
NPG D34214

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth, by William Holl Jr, after  George Richmond - NPG D20673

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by William Holl Jr, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, 1852 or after
NPG D20673

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth, by Francis Holl, after  George Richmond - NPG D34215

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by Francis Holl, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, published 1853
NPG D34215

'The New Ministry - the Cabinet', January 1853, by Frederick James Smyth - NPG D45901

'The New Ministry - the Cabinet', January 1853

by Frederick James Smyth
wood engraving, published 8 January 1853
NPG D45901

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Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax68117

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Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax68119

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Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15858

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Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by William Walker
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG Ax38706

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