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John Wilkes, the radical politician, was arrested in 1763 under a general warrant against his anti-government newspaper The North Briton, for an attack on the king's speech on peace with France. After his release he fled to France and was expelled from the House of Commons and outlawed for publishing libels. Three times re-elected MP for Middlesex but his elections annulled, he finally took his seat in 1774.
oil on canvas
H 126.4 x W 100.3 cm
Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1991