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A barrister, he came to prominence in 1812 with his successful defence of one of the leading Luddites, John Ingham, charged with the capital offences of rioting and destroying machinery. As an MP from 1818 he held many influential positions including Lord Chancellor (three times) and Chief Baron of the Exchequer. He served, unusually, under both Tory and Whig governments but was loyal to the Tory party.
oil on panel
61 x 50.2 cm
Given by George Frederick Watts, 1883. On long-term loan to Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales
National Portrait Gallery, London
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