Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
John Wilkes (1725-1797), Journalist, agitator and politician; MP for Aylesbury and Middlesex
‘a charming, wicked, honest, jolly, candid sort of fellow’ (John Holroyd, 1765).
‘in his person he was a little above the middle size: his complexion was somewhat sallow; and before he died he appeared to be affected by a marasmus. His eyes always possessed an unfortunate cast, which exposed him to the impertinence of rude observers and malignant artists’ (John Almon, 1805).
‘if any man ever was pleasing who squinted, who had lost his teeth, and lisped, Wilkes might be so esteemed’ (Sir Nathaniel Wraxall, 1815).
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.