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The Court of Chancery during the reign of George I

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The Court of Chancery during the reign of George I, by Benjamin Ferrers, circa 1725 - NPG 798 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Court of Chancery during the reign of George I

by Benjamin Ferrers
oil on canvas, circa 1725
29 3/4 in. x 24 7/8 in. (756 mm x 632 mm)
Purchased, 1888
Primary Collection
NPG 798

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At this date the courts of chancery and kings bench were still held in Westminster Hall at the upper end, against the south wall and below the great window. In this portrait the assembly is seated before a blue hanging embroidered with the royal arms. The formality and ceremony of the court is tempered by the crowds jostling to look in on the proceedings and by the inclusion in the foreground of several passers-by and two dogs. The portrait is in a later carved and gilt ogee-section frame of French inspiration, of a pattern widely used in the 1750s and which has been described as 'rococo only at the corners'. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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