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William Booth (1829-1912), Founder of the Salvation Army

Sitter in 36 portraits
Booth was apprenticed at thirteen to a Nottingham pawnbroker. Having converted to Methodism, he joined a group of revivalists who conducted religious services in the streets of the city. In 1849 he moved to London where he became a pawnbroker's assistant. He devoted his leisure to religion and became a lay preacher. In 1865 he and his wife started the Christian Revival Society, later the Christian Mission, in the East End of London. They held evening and Sunday meetings to offer repentance, salvation and Christian ethics to the poorest and most needy. In 1878 the organisation was reorganised as the Salvation Army, with military titles and uniforms and its own flag and music.

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William Booth

by Sydney Prior Hall
NPG 2383


William Booth

by Unknown artist
Staffordshire bust, circa 1900
NPG 5814


William Booth

by Stephen Reid
pen and ink, 1906
NPG 2275


William Booth

by Francis Dodd
etching, 1907
NPG 1783a


William Booth

by Colin Campbell
pen and ink
NPG 2932


William Booth

by David N. Ingles
oil on canvas, after 1912
NPG 2042


William Booth

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1884
NPG x127412


William Booth

by and after Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1884
NPG x82272


William Booth

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1884
NPG x82273


William Booth

by Ernest Herbert ('E.H.') Mills
bromide print
NPG x38282


William Booth

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, circa 1891
NPG x87427


William Booth

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x136246


William Booth

possibly by Ernest Herbert ('E.H.') Mills, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, 1900s
NPG x136276


William Booth

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197596


William Booth

by Falk
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197598


William Booth

by Thompson of West Hartlepool
postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197599


William Booth

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy), and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinum print, 1902
NPG x1166


William Booth

by Unknown photographer
halftone postcard print, 1904-1910
NPG x197594


Emma Moss Booth-Tucker (née Booth); Frederick St George de Lautour Booth-Tucker; William Booth

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x197601

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