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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke (1690-1764), Lord Chancellor

Lord Chancellor; worked in office of a London solicitor, 1706-08; barrister, Middle Temple, 1715; MP from 1719; solicitor-general, 1720; attorney-general, 1724; chief justice and created Baron Hardwicke, 1733; lord chancellor, 1737; presided as lord high steward at trials of rebel lords, 1745, responsible for anti-Jacobite legislation; FRS 1753; created Earl of Hardwicke and Viscount Royston, 1754; resigned his offices, 1756.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.