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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

John Somers, Baron Somers (1651-1716), Lord Chancellor

Lawyer, politician, bibliophile, member of the Kit-Cat Club; Trinity College, Oxford, 1667; Middle Temple 1669; called 1676; MP 1689-93; solicitor general 1689-92; attorney-general 1692-93; Kt. 1689; lord keeper 1693-97; lord chancellor 1697-1700; created Baron Somers 1697; leader of the Whig junto 1694-; FRS 1698 and president 1698-1703; lord president of the council 1708-10; ‘a great encourager of Art’ (Vertue).

‘of grave Deportment, easy, and free in Conversation; something of a Libertine, of middle Stature, brown Complexion, near fifty Years old’ (J. Macky, Characters of the Court of Great Britain, 1733).

This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, 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.