|Sir Godfrey Kneller.|
John Lord Somers.
London: J. & P. Knapton, 1747. Engraved portrait. 360 x 220mm. Portrait of John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, (1651-1716), engraved by Jacob Houbraken after Kneller, published in George Vertue's 'eads of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain'.
Somers became famous as the defence counsel in the trial of the 'Seven Bishops' of 1688, one of the events that led to the 'Glorious Revolution' that saw the Catholic James II deposed. He welcomed William III to England and was appointed Attorney General for England and Wales in 1691, then Lord Chancellor in 1697. In 1706 Somers was one of the managers arranging the details of the Act of Union of 1707 which created Great Britain.
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