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John Wilkes

John Wilkes, by Unknown artist, 1768 -NPG 1702 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Wilkes

by Unknown artist
1768
2 1/4 in. (57 mm) diameter
NPG 1702

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Obverse inscribed: JOHN WILKES.ESQ.
Reverse inscribed: 45/NORTH/BRITON/MAGNA/CHARTA and in the exergue: IN MEMORY OF THE YEAR/MDCCLXVIII.

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A crude likeness, presumably derived from an engraving after R. E. Pine. One of thirteen medals marking Wilkes’s triumphal election for the County of Middlesex in April 1768 (see L. Brown, A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1760-1960: The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, 1980, nos.113-25).

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Brown 1980
L. Brown, A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1760-1960: The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, 1980, no.117.

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Purchased from Spink 1913.


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.

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