William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1705-1793), Judge
Sitter in 15 portraits
Lord Chief Justice, 1756-88; architect of modern commercial law and marine insurance. Known for his eloquence, he was a firm opponent of Chatham and upheld the absolute dominion of Great Britain over the colonies. In a pioneering judgement in 1772, he held that English Law did not recognise the state of slavery. His tolerance towards Roman Catholics led the mob to burn his town house during the Gordon Riots of 1780.
by James Gillray, published by Elizabeth d'Achery
hand-coloured etching, published 10 May 1782
by James Godby, printed by Hayward, published by Longman & Co, published by Josiah Taylor, published by William Bond, after Robert William Satchwell, after John Flaxman
stipple engraving, published 20 January 1812