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Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), Social philosopher

Sitter in 9 portraits
Philosopher, political theorist and social critic; he was committed to the utilitarian belief in the 'greatest happiness' principle. Promoting a secular version of utilitarianism he advocated that fulfilment could be achieved through the rigorous investigation of human nature. His work had an important impact upon judicial organisation and civil law and the reform of the penal system.

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Jeremy Bentham

studio of Thomas Frye
oil on canvas, 1760
NPG 196


Jeremy Bentham

by John Field
plaster, the profile in flat brown paint with highlights in gold powder, circa 1823
NPG 3068


Jeremy Bentham

by Henry William Pickersgill
oil on canvas, exhibited 1829
On display at British Academy, London
NPG 413


Jeremy Bentham

by James Thomson (Thompson), after William Derby
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D1056


Jeremy Bentham

by William Henry Worthington
line and stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D1057


Jeremy Bentham

by Aimée Pages
lithograph, 1829
NPG D8064


Jeremy Bentham

by James Posselwhite, published by Charles Knight, after George Frederic Watts
stipple and line engraving, published circa 1833
NPG D15458


Jeremy Bentham

by Charles Fox, after Henry William Pickersgill
engraved steel plate, 1838 (circa 1829)
NPG D17005


Jeremy Bentham

by Unknown artist
colour offset lithograph on wire frame, 2012
NPG D42619