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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Richard West (circa 1691-1726), Lawyer, politician and playwright

Author and Whig politician; Inner Temple 1708, called to the Bar 1714; KC 1717; counsel to the Board of Trade 1724; MP 1721-22, 1722-26; lord chancellor of Ireland 1725-26; a prominent Whig pamphleteer from 1716, in 1726 he published a tragedy, Hecuba, indifferently received in Drury Lane; he died suddenly of a fever; ‘a man of brilliant talents, of which he had given proof by a phenomenally rapid rise in his profession’ (F. E. Ball).

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.