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John Wilkes

3 of 37 portraits on display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery

John Wilkes, by Unknown artist, 1768 - NPG 1702 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Wilkes

by Unknown artist
silver medal, 1768
2 1/4 in. (57 mm) diameter
Purchased, 1913
Primary Collection
NPG 1702


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  • John Wilkes (1725-1797), Politician; MP and agitator. Sitter associated with 47 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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Issued following Wilkes's arrest for the publication of edition No.45 of his newspaper, The North Briton, in which Ministers were attacked as 'tools of despotism and corruption'.

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