Sir William Lee
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Sir William Lee
by C.F. Barker, after John Vanderbank
oil on canvas, 1845, based on a work of 1738
93 1/2 in. x 57 3/4 in. (2375 mm x 1467 mm)
Given by Society of Judges and Serjeants-at-Law, 1877
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Sir William Lee is shown as chief justice of the King's Bench, wearing a collar of SS over justice's scarlet robes. The original by John Vanderbank was engraved in 1738. This 19th-century copy formed part of the collection of legal portraits at Serjeants' Inn and was given to the Gallery when the Inn was disbanded in 1877. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
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- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 166
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 373
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Current affairsFetter Lane Society founded in London by the Moravians; a reformed group of Protestants led by exiled Saxon Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf. He visits Britain to petition the king for protection for Moravian missionaries working in the British colonies. An act to this effect is finally passed in 1749.
John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement.
Art and scienceArtist Allan Ramsay returns to London from Rome and sets himself up as a portrait painter.
Metallurgist William Champion patents a process to distil zinc from calamine using charcoal in a smelter.
InternationalMethodist preacher George Whitefield arrives in Savannah, Georgia to replace John Wesley; the first of seven visits across the Atlantic which make him one of the most widely recognised figures in the American colonies.
Merchant sailor Robert Jenkins presents his pickled ear (cut off by Spanish coast-guards in Cuba in 1731) to Parliament stirring up war fever against Spain and leading to the War of Jenkins' Ear the following year.