Sir Samuel Romilly (1757-1818) Solicitor General and Law reformer
Sir Samuel Romilly (1757-1818) Solicitor General and Law reformer

HENRY BONE (1755-1834)

Sir Samuel Romilly (1757-1818) Solicitor General and Law reformer

1821 United Kingdom

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Sir Samuel Romilly (1757-1818), Solicitor-General and law reformer wearing a black coat and waistcoat, white chemise, seated before a red curtain background

A leading Whig law reformer, Romilly had an unrivalled knowledge of the criminal law of Britain and the Continent. In 1789 he travelled to Paris where his enthusiasm for the French Revolution inspired his Letters Containing an Account of the Late Revolution in France (1792). Along with Sir Francis Burdett, he was one of a small group of progressive Whigs whole-heartedly in support of Parliamentary reform. He campaigned against the death penalty for trivial offences and supported Catholic emancipation and the abolition of slavery.
Good with some minor firing cracks on the reverse and small scratch to the surface under the sitter's chin
Height 71.00 mm (2.80 inches)
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enamel on copper
signed on obverse and in full on the reverse the late Sir Samuel/Romilly/London/ Jany 1821/ Painted by H. Bone R.A./ Enamel painter to His Majesty after/ the original by/ Sir Thomas Lawrence/ PRA
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