"Ape" (Carlo Pellegrini). Chief Justice Bovill. "The Majesty of the Law."
Original lithograph from the 'Vanity Fair' series, published January 8, 1870. 395 x 270 mm.
On leaving school, Bovill did not go to university but was articled to a firm of solicitors. He entered the Middle Temple and practised for a short time as a special pleader below the bar. He was called to the bar in 1841 and joined the home circuit. His special training in a solicitor's office, and its resulting connection, combined with a thorough knowledge of the details of engineering, acquired through his interest in a manufacturing firm in the east end of London, soon brought him a very extensive patent and commercial practice.