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Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt (1810-1855), Politician, First Commissioner of Works and Colonial Secretary

Sitter associated with 17 portraits
Studied at Cambridge and in Germany and Italy. He returned to Britain in 1831, during the parliamentary struggle over reform and was elected as an MP in 1832. Declaring himself a radical, he championed national education, free trade, the secret ballot, removal of property qualifications for MPs and abolition of the House of Lords. As a radical baronet, he attracted the attentions of George Grote MP, a City banker, and his wife, Harriet, a political activist. He was recruited to their circle; through them he met John Stuart Mill and in 1835 agreed to finance the launch of the London Review and its merger with the Westminster Review. He was a co-founder of the Reform Club.

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54

The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 54

810

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt

by Sir John Watson-Gordon
oil on canvas, 1854
NPG 810

1125

The Coalition Ministry, 1854

by Sir John Gilbert
pencil, pen and ink and wash, 1855
NPG 1125

1125a

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
NPG 1125a

D41403

The Cock Pit

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 16 February 1837
NPG D41403

D41411

Going to the Fair with it

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 30 March 1837
NPG D41411

D41416

Following the Leader

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 12 May 1837
NPG D41416

D41446

Jaffiers Introduction to the Conspirators

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 10 January 1838
NPG D41446

D41454

Old and Young Stagers

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 13 February 1838
NPG D41454

D41465

Sheep Shearing

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 3 April 1838
NPG D41465

D41469

A Leading Article (Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt)

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 2 May 1838
NPG D41469

D41497

A Row in the Play-Ground

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 3 December 1838
NPG D41497

D41500

Another Peep Into the Play Ground

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 31 December 1838
NPG D41500

D41520

Don Giovanni in London

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 15 April 1839
NPG D41520

D5745

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt

by Daniel Maclise, published by James Fraser
lithograph, 1873
NPG D5745

D38853

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt

by and published by William Walker
mezzotint, published 15 March 1856
NPG D38853