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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke (1690-1764), Lord Chancellor

Sitter in 17 portraits
Yorke was called to the Bar in 1715, his legal services were much in demand. He entered Parliament as an MP in 1719 as the protégé of the Duke of Newcastle; the men remained friends for the rest of their lives. Yorke became Solicitor General at the age of just twenty-nine, and was promoted to Attorney General four years later. He was appointed Lord Chancellor in 1737, a post he retained for nineteen years. An active politician, Yorke was involved in all the major decisions of the day. Lord Waldegrave said of him, 'He was undoubtedly an excellent Chancellor, and might have been thought a great man, had he been less avaricious, less proud, less unlike a Gentleman, and not so great a politician.'

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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

studio of Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, circa 1737-1743
On display at Royal Courts of Justice, London
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by William Nelson Gardiner, after William Hoare
watercolour, circa 1800 (1763)
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by John Faber Jr, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1735
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by and published by John Faber Jr
mezzotint, 1737
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by John Faber Jr, published by Robert Sayer, published by Robert Withy, published by John Ryall
mezzotint, 1737
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by Bernard Baron, after Allan Ramsay
line engraving, 1742
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by Bernard Baron, after Allan Ramsay
line engraving, 1742
NPG D35417

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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by James Macardell, after James Wills
mezzotint, (1744)
NPG D2588

D17871

George II and his officials

by Thomas Jefferys
line and stipple engraving, circa 1746-1760
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by Gerhard Bockman, printed by Thomas Bowles Jr, printed by John Bowles, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, circa 1750-1768
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by Gerhard Bockman, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, circa 1750-1768
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by John Faber Jr, published by Thomas Bowles Jr, published by John Bowles, published by Carington Bowles, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1753-1763
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by and published by Edward Harding, after William Hoare
stipple engraving, published 1 September 1800 (1763)
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1735
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by and sold by James Macardell, after James Wills
mezzotint, (1744)
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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

by and published by Edward Harding, after William Hoare
stipple engraving, published 1 September 1800 (1763)
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