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17 People in sitter grouping: Chartists

Drafted by William Lovett and Francis Place in 1838, the people's Charter set out 6 demands for parliamentary reform, following growing unrest and discontentment with the Reform Act of 1832. Demands included the right for all men to vote, an annual voting system and for Members of Parliament to receive a salary. Considered as the first mass movement driven by working classes in Britain, the radical movement gained support and petitions signed by millions were presented to the House of Commons between 1839 – 1848. The third petition presented to the House of Commons was signed by over 3 million but was also rejected. Despite the movement's short life span, it was to have a powerful effect on parliament and by 1918, 5 out of the 6 demands had been approved and passed.

Thomas Attwood

Political reformer
Sitter in 3 portraits

John Collins

active early 19th century
Joint author of 'Chartism: A New Organisation of the People'
Sitter in 2 portraits

William Cuffay

London Chartist leader
Sitter in 1 portrait

William Paul Dowling

circa 1824-1877
Chartist, portrait painter and photographer
Artist associated with 1 portrait

Thomas Slingsby Duncombe

Radical politician; MP for Hertford and Finsbury
Sitter in 12 portraits

Robert Emmet

Irish nationalist
Sitter in 2 portraits

John Frost

Sitter in 4 portraits

Henry Hunt

Radical politician and demagogue; MP for Preston
Sitter associated with 14 portraits

Ann Knight

Slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 4 portraits

William Lovett

Chartist and social reformer
Sitter in 1 portrait

Peter Murray M'Douall (McDouall)

circa 1814-1854
Chartist and medical practitioner
Sitter in 1 portrait

Richard Oastler

Sitter in 3 portraits

James ('Bronterre') O'Brien

Sitter in 1 portrait

Feargus Edward O'Connor

Chartist leader
Sitter associated with 5 portraits

Elizabeth Pease

active 1840
Slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 4 portraits

William Prowting Roberts

Lawyer and Chartist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Joseph Rayner Stephens

Social reformer
Sitter in 3 portraits