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Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford

(1779-1826), Judge

Sitter in 9 portraits
Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford, was called to the Bar in 1812 and practised law on the Western Circuit. He rose rapidly, and in 1817, he became Solicitor General. Gifford entered Parliament later that year, and was appointed Attorney General two years later. In 1821, he addressed the House of Lords in support of the Bill of Pains and Penalties that was brought against Queen Caroline. He was raised to the peerage as Baron Gifford in 1824 and was made Lord Chief Justice of the court of Common Pleas. It was expected that he would become the next Lord Chancellor, but he died from cholera at the age of forty-seven.

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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

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 1695(e)

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford

by Sir George Hayter
pen and ink and wash, 1820
NPG 1695(e)

A May Day Garland for 1820, published by Samuel William Fores - NPG D36701

A May Day Garland for 1820

published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published May 1820
NPG D36701

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford, by Thomas Wright, after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D2762

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford

by Thomas Wright, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1821
NPG D2762

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford, by Thomas Wright, after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D2763

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford

by Thomas Wright, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1821
NPG D2763

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford, by Thomas Wright, after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D2764

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford

by Thomas Wright, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1821
NPG D2764

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford, by Thomas Wright, after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D2765

Robert Gifford, 1st Baron Gifford

by Thomas Wright, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1821
NPG D2765

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The Milan Garland or Revels round the Vice Post

by Charles Williams, published by John Johnston
hand-coloured etching, published July 1820
NPG D46028

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