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John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst (1772-1863), Lord Chancellor and politician; son of the painter John Singleton Copley

Sitter associated with 76 portraits
A barrister, he came to prominence in 1812 with his successful defence of one of the leading Luddites, John Ingham, charged with the capital offences of rioting and destroying machinery. As an MP from 1818 he held many influential positions including Lord Chancellor (three times) and Chief Baron of the Exchequer. He served, unusually, under both Tory and Whig governments but was loyal to the Tory party. It was said of him that his 'path to power was through the wreck of all political consistency'. Thus he argued passionately against Catholic emancipation in 1827, and for it in 1829, while in the Reform Bill debates of 1831-2 he was first against, and later for, reform.

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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

2662(7)

John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst

by Sir George Hayter
pen and ink and wash, circa 1820
NPG 2662(7)

54

The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 54

4121

John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst

by F. Roffe
watercolour, corners diagonally cut, circa 1836
NPG 4121

342

The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846

by John Partridge
oil on canvas, circa 1846-1853
NPG 342

343a

'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by John Partridge
oil on paper, circa 1846
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 343a

343b

Sketch for 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
pencil, circa 1846
NPG 343b

P301(4)

John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, arched top, 8 April 1857
NPG P301(4)

343c

Key to 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by Sir George Scharf
pen and ink and wash, 1872
NPG 343c

Ax7902

John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, 1857
NPG Ax7902

Ax7903

John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, 1857
NPG Ax7903

Ax29645

John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst

by Caldesi, Blanford & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG Ax29645

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