13 of 49 portraits of John Wilkes
by William Hogarth
etching, published 16 May 1763
13 7/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. (354 mm x 232 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 9 1/4 in. (358 mm x 235 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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- John Wilkes (1725-1797), Journalist, agitator and politician; MP for Aylesbury and Middlesex. Sitter associated with 49 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
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- William Hogarth (1697-1764), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 128 portraits, Sitter associated with 19 portraits.
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Current affairsJohn Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute resigns as Prime Minister following sustained attacks in the press and parliament. He is succeeded by George Grenville.
Radical John Wilkes is arrested for attacking the king in his weekly satirical publication The North Briton. His arrest is declared illegal by Chief Justice Pratt and he is released, though expelled from Parliament.
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Seven Years' War: Treaty of Paris between Britain, France, Spain and Portugal and Treaty of Hubertusburg between Prussia and Austria end the Seven Years' War, leaving Britain in control of Canada, India and much of the Caribbean.