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Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt

(1810-1855), Politician, First Commissioner of Works and Colonial Secretary

Sitter in 20 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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The House of Commons, 1833, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 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

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt, by Sir John Watson-Gordon - NPG 810

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt

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

The Coalition Ministry, 1854, by Sir John Gilbert - NPG 1125

The Coalition Ministry, 1854

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

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854', by William Walker, after  Sir John Gilbert - NPG 1125a

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

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

The Cock Pit, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41403

The Cock Pit

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

Going to the Fair with it, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG 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

Following the Leader, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41416

Following the Leader

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

Jaffiers Introduction to the Conspirators, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG 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

Old and Young Stagers, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41454

Old and Young Stagers

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

Sheep Shearing, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41465

Sheep Shearing

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

A Leading Article (Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt), by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG 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

A Row in the Play-Ground, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG 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

Another Peep Into the Play Ground, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG 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

A Row in the Play-Ground, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D46341

A Row in the Play-Ground

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 3 December 1838
NPG D46341

Another Peep Into the Play Ground, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D46343

Another Peep Into the Play Ground

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 31 December 1838
NPG D46343

Don Giovanni in London, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41520

Don Giovanni in London

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

'The New Ministry - the Cabinet', January 1853, by Frederick James Smyth - NPG D45901

'The New Ministry - the Cabinet', January 1853

by Frederick James Smyth
wood engraving, published 8 January 1853
NPG D45901

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt, by and published by William Walker - NPG D38853

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt

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

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt, by Daniel Maclise, published by  James Fraser - NPG D5745

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt

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

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