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William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

(1705-1793), Judge

Sitter in 16 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.

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William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, by Jean Baptiste van Loo - NPG 474

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

by Jean Baptiste van Loo
oil on canvas, circa 1737
NPG 474

The Death of the Earl of Chatham, by John Singleton Copley - NPG L146

The Death of the Earl of Chatham

by John Singleton Copley
oil on canvas, 1779-1781
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L146

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, by John Singleton Copley - NPG 172

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

by John Singleton Copley
oil on canvas, exhibited 1783
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 172

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, by and published by David Martin - NPG D38209

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

by and published by David Martin
line engraving, published 1 March 1775 (1770)
NPG D38209

'John Bull triumphant', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12283

'John Bull triumphant'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 4 January 1780
NPG D12283

'Argus', by James Gillray, published by  W. Renegal - NPG D12284

'Argus'

by James Gillray, published by W. Renegal
hand-coloured etching, published 15 May 1780
NPG D12284

'Britania's assassination. Or the Repulicans amusement', by James Gillray, published by  Elizabeth d'Achery - NPG D12305

'Britania's assassination. Or the Repulicans amusement'

by James Gillray, published by Elizabeth d'Achery
hand-coloured etching, published 10 May 1782
NPG D12305

'A warm birth for the old administration', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12332

'A warm birth for the old administration'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 2 April 1783
NPG D12332

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  Thomas Macklin, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D32121

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by Thomas Macklin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 19 October 1786 (1785)
NPG D32121

Death of the Earl of Chatham (includes William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and 55 other sitters), by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  John Singleton Copley - NPG D18117

Death of the Earl of Chatham (includes William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and 55 other sitters)

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after John Singleton Copley
line engraving, published 1791
NPG D18117

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, by Henry Bone, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D17510

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

by Henry Bone, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1803 (1776)
NPG D17510

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield ('A Monumental Group'), 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 - NPG D38207

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield ('A Monumental Group')

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
NPG D38207

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, by Henry Meyer, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  John Jackson, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D38208

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 27 June 1812 (1785)
NPG D38208

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, by Henry Meyer, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  John Jackson, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D15339

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 27 June 1812 (1785)
NPG D15339

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William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

by Unknown artist
etching, published September 1770
NPG D15340

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William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

by John Jones, after William Grimaldi
stipple engraving, published 1791
NPG D15338

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