Sir John Pakington (1671–1727)

Date: 1725

Medium: Oil on canvas

Measurements: H 240 x W 146.5 cm (E)

Artist: Thomas Shuter

Work type: Painting

Acquisition method: unknown acquisition method

Sir John Pakington was probably best remembered as the supposed origin of the “Sir Roger de Coverley” articles by Addison. Sir John Pakington became an M.P. at the age of eighteen. He proved to be a colorful and litigious politician, much given to immoderate language and feuds with members of the clergy, notably the Bishop of Worcester, William Lloyd.

He came out strongly against the Union with Scotland in 1707, and was implicated in 1715 in the “rebellion of the old pretender”. He was, however, accused by an arch-enemy and completely exonerated. Frank had served twenty-seven Mayors, officiated at five Royal visits and seven Freedom of Worcester Ceremonies including that of Winston Churchill.

Location: Guildhall Second Floor – Assembly Room