Sir Thomas Artemus Jones, by Bassano Ltd, 28 April 1919 - NPG x154467 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Thomas Artemus Jones

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 April 1919
Given by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, 1974
NPG x154467

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Greg Callus

16 May 2016, 22:38

The sitter, here painted having recently been appointed a Circuit Judge, was famous in three respects: first, for being not only a judge but also a three-time failed Parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Party; second, for being junior counsel (led by an Irish Sergeant-at-Law) for Roger Casement who was convicted of treason (the appeal, including the sitter, is featured in the painting High Treason by John Lavery); third, and most famously, for being the claimant in the case of E. Hulton & Co v Jones [1910] AC 20, when the sitter sued for libel on account of a defamatory story told in a newspaper of an apparently fictitious character called 'Artemus Jones', thus allowing the House of Lords to establish the modern law of defamatory reference.

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