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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), Philanthropist, social reformer and Conservative politician; MP for Woodstock, Dorchester, Dorset and Bath

Sitter associated with 37 portraits
Philanthropist and reformer, Shaftesbury led the movement for improving conditions in factories and collieries and, in the 1840s, argued for legislation to protect apprentice chimney-sweeps or 'climbing boys'. To the end of his life, he worked for a great variety of causes which highlighted the sufferings of the underprivileged and helped to implement the concept of social welfare. His memorial was erected in Piccadilly Circus in 1893. Commonly known as 'Eros', the figure that crowns the monument actually represents 'The Angel of Christian Charity'.

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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

862

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1875
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 862

1728

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by John Collier
oil on canvas, 1877
On display in Room 22 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1728

Ax17750

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax17750

Ax39880

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax39880

x22522

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

published by Ashford Brothers & Co, after Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x22522

x132281

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Ferdinand Jean de la Ferté Joubert
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x132281

Ax10076

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, 1864
NPG Ax10076

x197551

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x197551

x96510

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883?
NPG x96510

x96511

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883?
NPG x96511

x96512

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883?
NPG x96512

x96513

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883?
NPG x96513

x96514

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883?
NPG x96514

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