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James Parke, 1st Baron Wensleydale (1782-1868), Judge

Sitter associated with 7 portraits
Trained in the law, he was called to the Bar and rapidly built up a legal practice. In 1828, he was raised to the King's Bench and in 1834; he was transferred to the Court of the Exchequer, where he exercised considerable influence as a judge for almost twenty years until 1855. The government under Lord Palmerston was keen to have his services as a Law Lord, and he was made a life peer as Baron Wensleydale in 1856. There was opposition in the House of Lords, particularly from the Conservatives, to the notion of life peerages, as they feared this would enable the government to swamp the House with its supporters. Palmerston was determined to have him as a Law Lord, and made Parke a heredity peer.

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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


James Parke, 1st Baron Wensleydale

by George James Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle
pencil, circa 1863
NPG 2028


James Parke, 1st Baron Wensleydale

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862-1866
NPG x27343


James Parke, 1st Baron Wensleydale

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, published 5 July 1847
NPG D37647


James Parke, 1st Baron Wensleydale

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862-1866
NPG Ax9866


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