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George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem

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George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem, attributed to William Wolfgang Claret, circa 1678-1680 - NPG 56 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem

attributed to William Wolfgang Claret
oil on canvas, circa 1678-1680
49 3/4 in. x 40 1/4 in. (1264 mm x 1022 mm)
Purchased, 1858
Primary Collection
NPG 56


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Jeffreys, a lawyer, was appointed Lord Chief Justice in 1683, and in 1685 conducted the infamous 'Bloody Assize' in the West Country, condemning hundreds to death after Monmouth's rebellion. As a reward James II made him Lord Chancellor. At the Revolution in 1688 he was nearly lynched by a London mob. He took refuge in the Tower, where he died of natural causes. This portrait of him was painted before he was known as 'Hanging Judge Jeffreys'. He is shown in his robes as Recorder of London, a post which he held from 1678-80.

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