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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780), Jurist

First professor of Law at Oxford 1758-62; BCL 1745; DCL 1750; his Commentaries on the Laws of England 1765-69, defining the legal authority of the Crown-in-Parliament, brought him a fortune; principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford, 1761-66; MP 1761-74; solicitor-general to the Queen 1763 and justice of the Court of Common Pleas 1770; Kt 1770.

‘physically as well as mentally he was lethargic; he grew stout, and came more and more to dislike all forms of exercise, and he seems really to have died from the want of it’ (DNB)

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.