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Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith (1832-1918), Politician; Chairman of Ways and Means, professor and man of letters

Sitter in 11 portraits
Leonard Courtney was a radical politician who gained fame as an advocate of proportional representation in Parliament and as an opponent of imperialism and militarism. A lawyer, journalist and teacher of political economy, he was elected to the House of Commons in 1876. Appointed financial secretary to the Treasury by Gladstone in 1882, he resigned in 1884 when the Cabinet refused to include proportional representation in a reform bill. From 1877, when the Transvaal was annexed, Courtney was a constant critic of British imperial expansion in Africa, and in 1900, he lost his seat in the Commons because of his condemnation of the 1899-1902 Boer War.

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Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith

by Théobald Chartran ('T')
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 25 September 1880
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Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith

by Albert Eugene Fradelle
albumen cabinet card, 1883
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Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, June 1898
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Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
bromide print on paper mount
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Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
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