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Thomas Attwood (1783-1856), Political reformer

Sitter in 3 portraits
Attwood brought Birmingham to the edge of insurrection in 1832 to help ensure the passing of the Reform Act. Elected as Birmingham's first MP, he was a rare Parliamentary ally of Chartism and presented the first national petition to the House of Commons in 1839. Birmingham suffered two weeks of rioting following the petition's rejection. Attwood subsequently retired from public office and concentrated his energies on economic theory.

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The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 54


Thomas Attwood

by Unknown artist
stipple engraving, 1832 or after
NPG D20837


Thomas Attwood

by Unknown artist
lithograph, 1848 or before
NPG D13206