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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Willes (1685-1761), Judge

Chief Justice of Common Pleas; MA Trinity College, Oxford, 1707; fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; barrister, Lincoln's Inn, 1713; MP, 1722-37; judge on Chester circuit, 1726; attorney-general, 1734; knighted, 1734; chief justice of common pleas, 1737; senior commissioner of great seal, 1756-57.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.