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Thomas Day (active 1768-1788)

Artist of 1 portrait
The writer, philosopher and gentleman farmer Thomas Day was the ultimate eighteenth-century 'man of feeling'. Holding radical views, he devoted himself to charity and to promoting fellow-feeling. He is best known for his children's book The History of Sandford and Merton (1783-9), which was intended to show young readers that moral behaviour would be rewarded. Day's other writings included pamphlets on social and philanthropic issues, such as The Dying Negro (1773) which aligned him with the anti-slavery movement.

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Charles James Fox

by Thomas Day
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1787
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6292