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Sir John Walter Huddleston

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Called to the Bar in 1839, he gradually acquired an extensive criminal practice. He appeared for the prosecution in the trial of William Palmer, 'the Rugeley poisoner', in May 1856 and was engaged in many other causes célèbres.
He entered Parliament as MP in 1865 and for the next decade was Judge-Advocate of the Fleet until being transferred to the Exchequer. Soon after his appointment, the Exchequer was absorbed into the High Court of Justice and the title Baron of the Exchequer abolished. Huddleston sometimes referred to himself as the 'last of the Barons'.

National Portrait Gallery, London





oil on canvas


H 125.1 x W 99.7 cm

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Acquisition method

Bequeathed by the sitter's widow, Diana de Vere, née Beauclerk, Lady Huddleston, 1905. On long-term loan to the Royal Courts of Justice, London

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