|| John Wilkes Esqr.
|| William Hogarth
|| 1763 (reprinted c. 1822)
|| The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections,
John Wilkes, the libertine supporter of William Pitt and
editor of the North Briton newspaper, was arrested and imprisoned
for his fierce attacks on King George III and his prime minister,
the Scottish Lord Bute. Hogarth represents Wilkes in this
portrait as a foolish grinning man with demonic horns formed
by his wig. Yet, this sentiment was not shared by the masses,
for whom Wilkes became a martyr of liberty.