Circa 1778 England
After Sir Joshua Reynolds, 18th Century Mezzotint Portrait of John Hely-Hutchinson
Height 21 1/2 inches (55 cm)
Width 16 1/2 inches (42 cm)
Depth 1 1/2 inches (3.75 cm)
Dimensions refer to size of frame.
A scarce mezzotint engraved by James Watson published in May,1778. Proof before title; the image has maintained is rich dark tonality.
John Hely-Hutchinson (1724-1794) was a politician, lawyer and Provost of Trinity College, Dublin. Born in Gortroe, County Cork in 1724, he graduated from Trinity College in 1744, and swiftly built up a good practice at the Bar. From 1760 until his death he represented Cork in Parliament. Promotion to the post of Prime Serjeant followed in 1761 and on most issues he supported the Government, and acquired several lucrative offices. His appointment as Provost of Trinity as a married layman who had not been a Fellow was a continued source of friction as the Fellows resented the imposition of what they perceived as a career politician with no pretensions to scholarship. He was sympathetic to Catholic Emancipation and advocated the end of educational discrimination against Catholics.