A large and good quality 18th century Derby porcelain figure of John Wilkes.
*John Wilkes (1725 – 97
Through his marriage to the heiress Mary Meade, Wilkes came into a fortune and an estate in Buckinghamshire, and was elected High Sheriff of the county. Seeking a parliamentary career he was eventually elected as MP for Aylesbury in 1757. Despite a reputation as a rake and libertine, indeed he was a member of the notorious Hellfire Club, he was instrumental in the publishing of verbatim accounts of parliamentary debates, and in parliamentary reform. He was also a supporter of the American rebels during the American War of Independence.
Circa: 1780, England
Height: 30.50cm (12.01 inches)
Condition: Good overall condition, some minor restoration to: bows, chip on scroll, part of sceptre, cupid’s fingers and one foot.
Stock ref: 14654/ygix
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