The Robin Simpson Collection of Commemoratives - 08 Sep 2021

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JOHN WILKES

£1,500 - £2,000 £4,800

JOHN WILKES

A creamware teapot and cover, c.1763-65, probably Leeds, the globular body inscribed in black with 'Wilkes & Liberty', the reverse with 'No. 45', each inscription within a red and black scrolling cartouche, with moulded spout and scroll handle, restoration, 19.5cm across. (2)

John Wilkes (1725-1797) was a radical English politician who represented the seat of Aylesbury. Also a journalist, his criticism of the King's opening of Parliament speech in issue 45 of his magazine 'The North Briton' earned him a warrant for his arrest for libel in 1763. Citing parliamentary privilege, he was cleared of the charge and went on to become Lord Mayor of London in 1774.

Provenance: with Sampson & Horne, June 2007.

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