New York, Park Avenue
21 - 22 January 1998
A "WILKES AND LIBERTY" BOWL
Each side with portraits in the manner of coats-of-arms of John Wilkes and Lord Mansfield above the inscription ALWAYS READY IN A GOOD CAUSE/JUSTICE SANS PITIE, a clump of flowers in the center
10in. (26cm.) diam.
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The cause of political radical John Wilkes (1727-97), arrested in 1763, was popular on both sides of the Atlantic. A Hogarth engraving followed his arrest in May 1763; a London broadside of 1768 inspired the decoration of this example.
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