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Acton Smee Ayrton

(1816-1886), Barrister and Liberal politician; MP for Tower Hamlets

Sitter in 6 portraits
After leaving school Ayrton trained as a solicitor and practised in Bombay, returning in 1851 with a moderate fortune. He was called to the Bar as a barrister in 1853. Ayrton entered Parliament as a Liberal MP in 1857 and proved to be a staunch reformer. He served as First Commissioner of Works from 1869 until 1873 and subsequently as Judge Advocate General. He was appointed as a privy counsellor in 1869.

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Acton Smee Ayrton, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 4713

Acton Smee Ayrton

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 23 October 1869
NPG 4713

Acton Smee Ayrton, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28457

Acton Smee Ayrton

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1873
NPG Ax28457

Acton Smee Ayrton ('Statesmen, No. 34.'), by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG D43402

Acton Smee Ayrton ('Statesmen, No. 34.')

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 23 October 1869
NPG D43402

Acton Smee Ayrton, by Faustin Betbeder ('Faustin') - NPG D23034

Acton Smee Ayrton

by Faustin Betbeder ('Faustin')
chromolithograph, 1874
NPG D23034

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Acton Smee Ayrton

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1873
NPG Ax8598

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Acton Smee Ayrton

by Maull & Fox
platinum print, late 1870s
NPG x8449


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