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Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bolingbroke's distinguished early career as Tory Secretary of State came to an end with the accession of George I in 1715. Shortly after, he fled to France to escape trial for his alleged intrigues against the Hanoverian succession. In France, Bolingbroke joined the exiled King James the 'Old Pretender' as his Secretary of State only to be dismissed for his reluctant support for the Jacobite Rising in Scotland.

National Portrait Gallery, London


  • Date

    c.1730 (?)

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    57.2 x 48.3 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1908


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