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Richard Oastler (1789-1861), Reformer

Sitter in 3 portraits
'The factory king', Oastler was a Tory radical who turned factory reform into a compelling national issue. His paternalistic view of society meant that he abhorred the idea of universal suffrage. However, he was a hero without parallel within northern radicalism and his inclusion symbolically incorporated him into the Chartist movement.

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D7845

Richard Oastler

by James Posselwhite, after Benjamin Garside
stipple and line engraving, 1841
NPG D7845

D39343

Richard Oastler

by William Barnard, published by Joseph Jackson, after Thomas Henry Illidge
mezzotint, published 24 March 1834
NPG D39343

D39349

Richard Oastler

by James Posselwhite, after Benjamin Garside
stipple and line engraving, 1841
NPG D39349

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