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Sir John Fielding (1721-1780), Magistrate and social reformer

Sitter in 10 portraits
Blinded at the age of 19 in a navy accident, Sir John Fielding set up his own business and studied law. The blind magistrate and social reformer worked with his half-brother and fellow magistrate, the novelist Henry Fielding, to raise standards of honesty and competence amongst those engaged in the administration of justice. At his half-brother's death in 1754, he was appointed magistrate at Bow Street in his place, becoming renowned as the 'Blind Beak', and allegedly being able to recognise 3000 criminals by the sounds of their voices. He carried on his ideas on the prevention of robbery and campaigned to provide employment for distressed youths. He was knighted in 1761.

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3834

Sir John Fielding

by Nathaniel Hone
oil on canvas, 1762
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3834

D1947

Sir John Fielding

by James Macardell, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, (1762)
NPG D1947

D18430

Sir John Fielding

by John Raphael Smith, published by Carey & Watson, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D18430

D18431

Sir John Fielding

by and published by William Dickinson, and published by Thomas Watson, after Matthew William Peters
mezzotint, published 12 November 1778
NPG D18431

D36917

Sir John Fielding

by James Macardell, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, (1762)
NPG D36917

D18934

Sir John Fielding

by James Macardell, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, (1762)
NPG D18934

D36914

Sir John Fielding

by John Raphael Smith, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D36914

D36915

Sir John Fielding

by John Raphael Smith, published by Carey & Watson, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D36915

D36916

Sir John Fielding

by John Raphael Smith, published by Carey & Watson, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D36916

D36918

Sir John Fielding

by and published by William Dickinson, and published by Thomas Watson, after Matthew William Peters
mezzotint, published 12 November 1778
NPG D36918