George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem

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George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem, by John Michael Wright, 1673 - NPG 6047 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, 1673
47 3/4 in. x 39 3/4 in. (1213 mm x 1010 mm)
Purchased, 1989
Primary Collection
NPG 6047


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The infamous 'Judge Jeffreys' was appointed Lord Chief Justice in 1683. His reputation was founded on the ruthless manner in which he conducted the 'Bloody Assize' in the West Country after Monmouth's rebellion (1685). As a reward James II made him Lord Chancellor. At the Revolution in 1688 Jeffreys was nearly lynched by a London mob and took refuge in the Tower, where he died. The frame to this portrait is a fine example of the Sunderland pattern in its fully developed form which was popular in the 1670s; here the irregular sight edge cuts into the space of the picture frame.

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  • Audio Guide
  • Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 133
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 335
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 55