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John Acton, 1st Baron Acton (1834-1902), Historian and moralist

Sitter in 3 portraits
John Acton was a historian and a scholar of enormous erudition and vision. He never completed any major work, although his essays and lectures were of seminal importance in the development of the study of modern history. Acton helped to found the English Historical Review, and to plan the Cambridge Modern History course. He believed passionately in political morality and liberty of conscience.

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John Acton, 1st Baron Acton

by Franz Seraph von Lenbach
oil on canvas, circa 1879
NPG 4083

Ax36307

John Acton, 1st Baron Acton

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
platinum print, 1890s
NPG Ax36307