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The Whig MP and Judge Denman held the post of Attorney General (1830) and drafted the Reform Bill of 1832. Success at the Bar came slowly and he supplemented his income by literary journalism for the Monthly Review, a Whig magazine. His eloquent defence of Luddites, charged with high treason in 1817, confirmed his liberal principles and brought him to the attention of the Whig aristocracy. In 1819 he took a seat in the House of Commons and was a keen critic of the government's repressive legislation and a supporter of anti-slavery.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    236.2 x 144.8 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Given by the Society of Judges and Serjeants-at-Law, 1877. On long-term loan to the Royal Courts of Justice, London


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