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John Somers, Baron Somers (1651-1716), Lord Chancellor

Sitter associated with 37 portraits
Somers was called to the Bar in 1676, and he combined his work as a barrister with involvement with Whig politics. He was at the centre of the Whig party in the twenty-five years following the revolution of 1688. Entering Parliament as an MP in 1689, Somers was made first Solicitor General and then Attorney General; he became William III's most confidential adviser. He served in a number of other senior government offices including Lord Keeper, Lord Chancellor and Lord President to the Council. Somers' legal abilities, constitutional achievements and his belief in religious toleration was extravagantly praised by Whig historians throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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3658

John Somers, Baron Somers

by Unknown artist
watercolour on vellum, 1690-1700
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3658

490

John Somers, Baron Somers

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1700s
On display at Lyme Park, Stockport
NPG 490

3223

John Somers, Baron Somers

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, before 1711
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3223

D29879

The Bishops' Council

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688 or after
NPG D29879

D30927

The Bishops' Council

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688 or after
NPG D30927

D30928

The Bishops' Council

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688 or after
NPG D30928

D9287

The Bishops' Council

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688 or after
NPG D9287

D11943

The Bishops' Council

possibly published by John Smith, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D11943

D11015

The Lords Regent of England

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1695 or after
NPG D11015

D18165

John Somers, Baron Somers

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1711
NPG D18165

D9184

John Somers, Baron Somers

by and sold by John Smith, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, 1713 (1713)
NPG D9184

D31100

John Somers, Baron Somers

by and sold by John Smith, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, 1713 (1713)
NPG D31100

D31101

John Somers, Baron Somers

by and sold by John Smith, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, 1713 (1713)
NPG D31101

D11572

John Somers, Baron Somers

by and sold by John Smith, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, 1713 (1713)
NPG D11572

D4259

John Somers, Baron Somers

by John Simon, sold by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1715-1716)
NPG D4259

D33118

John Somers, Baron Somers

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1733 (before 1711)
NPG D33118

D31095

John Somers, Baron Somers

by Jakob van der Schley, possibly after Jonathan Richardson
line engraving, 1734
NPG D31095

D31096

John Somers, Baron Somers

by Charles Grignion, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1747
NPG D31096

D31097

John Somers, Baron Somers

by Charles Grignion, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1747
NPG D31097