John Wilkes and his Daughter by Johann Zoffany

John Wilkes (1727-1797) was one of the most remarkable radical politicians of the mid eighteenth century.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
127 x 100 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £400,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Sotheby's

A feared political figure and a renowned champion of liberty, he later became Lord Mayor of London and by the end of his life was almost accepted by the establishment. 'Wilkes and Liberty' was the rallying cry against the overbearing powers of Government during the first decades of George III's reign. The events of his turbulent career reflected the fierce political struggles of the day.

Provenance

John Wilkes; his niece, Dinah Hayley; by descent to Sir Richard Sherston Baker, Bart.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, LONDON London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

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