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Arthur Young (1741-1820), Agriculturalist, traveller and writer

Sitter in 6 portraits
Writer on agricultural reforms, Young was significant in pioneering new farming methods in Britain. He wrote several books in the 1770s based on his tours of England and Ireland and edited the Annals of Agriculture (1784-1809). Opinion is divided on his farming methods. He strongly supported enclosures which meant that open farm land and commons were fenced off and divided up in private ownership, a process which generated controversy. He also introduced new cattle feeds, agricultural implements, new crops, and drainage techniques to achieve higher productivity.

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1162

Arthur Young

by George Dance
pencil, 1794
NPG 1162

6253

Arthur Young

by John Russell
pastel, 1794
NPG 6253

D36268

Arthur Young

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (1794)
NPG D36268

D12223

Arthur Young

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (1794)
NPG D12223

D8855

Arthur Young

by W. Hinton, after John Rising
stipple engraving, published 1795
NPG D8855

D13943

Arthur Young

by W. Hinton, published by John Sewell, after John Rising
stipple engraving, published 23 July 1795
NPG D13943

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