First Previous 1 OF 14 NextLast

George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem

1 of 14 portraits of George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem

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

Click on the links below to find out more:

Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

This portraitback to top

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.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • 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

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this portrait? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.