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William Booth (1829-1912), Founder of the Salvation Army

Sitter in 35 portraits
Booth was apprenticed at thirteen to a Nottingham pawnbroker. Having converted to Methodism, he joined a group of revivalists who conducted religious services in the streets of the city. In 1849 he moved to London where he became a pawnbroker's assistant. He devoted his leisure to religion and became a lay preacher. In 1865 he and his wife started the Christian Revival Society, later the Christian Mission, in the East End of London. They held evening and Sunday meetings to offer repentance, salvation and Christian ethics to the poorest and most needy. In 1878 the organisation was reorganised as the Salvation Army, with military titles and uniforms and its own flag and music.

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D31991

William Booth

by Unknown artist
lithograph, late 19th-early 20th century
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D43013

William Booth ('The End of a World Tour: General Booth arrives inside the Albert hall in his motor-car')

published by Black & White, after Charles M. Sheldon
relief halftone, published 16 September 1905
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D9642

William Booth

by Alick P.F. Ritchie
lithograph, published 21 June 1905
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D43014

Oxford's Honour to General Booth: The New D.C.L. and his world-wide army (William Booth; (William) Bramwell Booth)

published by Illustrated London News
relief halftone printed in blue ink, published 29 June 1907
NPG D43014

D31992

William Booth

by George Sidney Hunt, after Sir Hubert von Herkomer
mezzotint, 1924
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x82272

William Booth

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1884
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x197596

William Booth

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, 1900s
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x197598

William Booth

by Falk
vintage postcard print, 1900s
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x197599

William Booth

by Thompson of West Hartlepool
vintage postcard print, 1900s
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x197594

William Booth

by Unknown photographer
vintage halftone reproduction postcard print, 1904-1910
NPG x197594

x197601

Emma Moss Booth-Tucker (née Booth); Frederick St George de Lautour Booth-Tucker; William Booth

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, circa 1905
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x197602

Emma Moss Booth-Tucker (née Booth); William Booth

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, circa 1905
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x197595

William Booth in his robes as D.C.L. of Oxford

published by The Philco Publishing Co
vintage postcard print, 1906
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x197597

William Booth

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, circa 1907
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x197600

William Booth; Evangeline Cory Booth

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, circa 1908
NPG x197600