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John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale (1748-1830), Speaker of the House of Commons

Sitter in 9 portraits
Having become a barrister in 1777, John Mitford rapidly acquired a large legal practice. He entered Parliament as an MP in 1788, and in 1791, he introduced the bill for the relief of Roman Catholics, which was passed into law. In 1793, Mitford was appointed Solicitor General, becoming Attorney General six years later. He was made Speaker of the House in 1801, but the following year he was raised to the House of Lords as Baron Redesdale and was sent to Ireland as Lord Chancellor. Being an outspoken opponent of Roman Catholic emancipation, Redesdale was unpopular in Ireland and he was recalled to London in 1806. He took the additional name of Freeman in 1809 on succeeding to the estates of Thomas Edwards Freeman.

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The House of Commons 1793-94

by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, 1793-1795
NPG 745


John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale

by Sir Martin Archer Shee
oil on canvas, circa 1802
NPG 1265


'Evidence to character; - being a portrait of a traitor, by his friends & by himself'

by James Gillray, published by John Wright
hand-coloured etching, published 1 October 1798
NPG D12674


John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale

attributed to Thomas Athow, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
watercolour, early 19th century
NPG D23287


John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, July 1813
NPG D17709


The Prophecy

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 13 November 1829
NPG D40937


A Small Tea Party of Superannuated Politicians

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 13 August 1829
NPG D40952


The Noddle Bazaar

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Charles Etienne Pierre Motte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 9 September 1830
NPG D41017


John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale

by George Clint, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, May 1804 (1803-1804)
NPG D39671


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