Sir John Fielding

1 portrait on display in Room 11 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir John Fielding, by Nathaniel Hone, 1762 - NPG 3834 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Fielding

by Nathaniel Hone
oil on canvas, 1762
49 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1245 mm x 1003 mm)
Given by friends of, Charles F. Bell, 1952
Primary Collection
NPG 3834


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  • Sir John Fielding (1721-1780), Magistrate and social reformer. Sitter in 10 portraits.

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  • Nathaniel Hone (1718-1784), Portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 56 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.

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Fielding, a magistrate, was the son of a general and the half brother of the magistrate and renowned novelist Henry Fielding. The brothers worked together to raise the standards of honesty and competence amongst those engaged in the administration of justice. John is shown here with one hand holding a document, which is thought to represent one of several which he and his brother wrote suggesting improvements in the law, and the other resting on two volumes, a law book and a Bible. The black band on his forehead was there to let others know that he was blind; it is said that Fielding knew more than three thousand London thieves by their voices.

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