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Happy Birthday Sexy John Wilkes

October 17, 2014

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Happy Birthday John Wilkes, 289 years young.  289 years ugly.  289 years sexy.

I may have blogged about “Wilkes and Liberty” already.  But this is me blogging on “Sexy Wilkes”.  In this picture, he is caricatured by Hogarth, but barely.  Wilkes really was just about the ugliest man in London.  His best friend, the ursine poet Charles Churchill was probably the second ugliest – and he attacked Hogarth in verse following this attack on Wilkes.  Wilkes then drew a picture of Churchill as a bear.  The attacks probably would have gone on and on indefinitely had not Churchill and Hogarth not both died.  The young Churchill outlived the old Hogarth by just ten days.

Wilkes lives on, meanwhile to carry his reputation as a sexual superstar into subsequent decades.  It is said that aged 70, he was hurrying through the streets and was stopped by a friend.  “Can’t stop” shouted…

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