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Henry Fawcett (1833-1884), Politician, political economist and academic

Sitter in 22 portraits
In 1858 Fawcett was blinded in a shooting accident, leading him to abandon his legal practice and pursue a political career. He wrote the Manual of Political Economy (1863), and later that year was appointed Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University. In 1865, he was the first blind man ever to be elected to parliament. A Liberal, he was known as an independent backbencher, criticising Gladstone's administration as being insufficiently radical. Fawcett advanced the cause of blind people by advocating a royal commission on the blind, which was established shortly after his death. He was also active in the passing of the 1867 Reform Bill, and was particularly concerned with the position of women in employment.

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Henry Fawcett

by Henry Richard Hope-Pinker
plaster cast of bust, circa late 1870s-1884
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Henry Fawcett

by Mary Grant
plaster medallion, 1886
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Henry Fawcett

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
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Henry Fawcett

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
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Henry Fawcett

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
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Henry Fawcett

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
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Henry Fawcett

possibly by John Watkins
albumen print, 1860s
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Henry Fawcett

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
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Henry Fawcett

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
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Henry Fawcett

by Lombardi & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
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Henry Fawcett

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1873
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Henry Fawcett

by Barraud & Jerrard
albumen carte-de-visite, mid-late 1870s
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Henry Fawcett

by Raphael Tuck & Sons, after London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
chromolithograph, mid-late 1880s (circa 1873)
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Henry Fawcett

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1876
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Henry Fawcett

by Alexander Bassano
albumen cabinet card, 1883
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Henry Fawcett

by Alexander Bassano
albumen cabinet card, 1883
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Henry Fawcett

by Alexander Bassano
albumen carte-de-visite, 1883
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Henry Fawcett

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883
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Henry Fawcett

by Joseph Brown, after Unknown photographer
stipple engraving, 1855
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Henry Fawcett

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
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Henry Fawcett

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1876
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