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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Edward Thurlow, Baron Thurlow (1731-1806), Lord Chancellor

Lord chancellor; MP 1765-78; KC 1762; solicitor-general 1770-71; attorney-general 1771-78; created Baron Thurlow 1778; lord chancellor 1778-82; a powerful personality, according to Walpole coarse in his manners and indelicate in his pleasures.

‘Bold, stern, inflexible, his sombre countenance was generally clothed in terrors. His look was calculated to appal the guilty, while, from his bushy eyebrows, he seemed to scowl dismay even on innocence’ (Alexander Stephens, 1813).

‘No man could be so wise as Thurlow looked’ (C. J. Fox).


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.