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Matthew James Higgins (1810-1868), Author of 'Jacob Omnium' and journalist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Higgins' s first publication was Jacob Omnium, the Merchant Prince, a satire on mercantile dishonesty published in New Monthly Magazine in 1845. W.M. Thackeray contributed to the same issue; the men met, when both enquired about the other's nom de plume, and became close friends. Higgins wrote for The Times under a variety of pseudonyms, including Jacob Omnium, Civilian, Paterfamilias, West Londoner, Belgravian Mother, Mother of Six and John Barleycorn. He was a prominent social figure, well known for his writing, and a member of many metropolitan clubs and societies, including the Philobiblon Society and the Cosmopolitan Club.

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P171(51)

Matthew James Higgins

attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling
salt print, late 1840s
NPG P171(51)

P171(60)

Matthew James Higgins

attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling
salt print, late 1840s
NPG P171(60)

D21682

Matthew James Higgins

by Richard James Lane, after Raffaele Fidanza
lithograph, (1844)
NPG D21682

D22232

Matthew James Higgins

by Richard James Lane, after Raffaele Fidanza
lithograph, (1844)
NPG D22232