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Thomas Milner Gibson (1806-1884), Politician; President of the Board of Trade

Sitter in 13 portraits
Entered Parliament as a Conservative MP in 1837 but resigned two years later having adopted Liberal views and became a supporter of the Free Trade movement. He re-entered Parliament in 1841 and from 1846 to 1848 he was vice-president of the Board of Trade in Lord John Russell's ministry, later serving as President of the Board of Trade (1859-66). Gibson was a leading spirit in the movement for the repeal of taxes on knowledge, and his efforts on behalf of journalism were recognised by a public testimonial in 1862. He retired from political life in 1868, but he and his wife Arethusa Gibson, an important figure in literary and political circles, were for many years influential in society.

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Thomas Milner Gibson

by Charles Allen Duval
watercolour, corners diagonally cut, 1843
NPG 1930


Thomas Milner Gibson

attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling
salt print, late 1840s
NPG P171(36)


Thomas Milner Gibson

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862
NPG x21355


Thomas Milner Gibson

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862
NPG x134642


Thomas Milner Gibson

by John Burton & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1860s
NPG Ax8660


Thomas Milner Gibson

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG x21356


Thomas Milner Gibson

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG Ax10070


Thomas Milner Gibson

by William Holl Jr, published by Thomas Collins, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, published 1842
NPG D34464


Thomas Milner Gibson

by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, printed by Brooker & Harrison, published by Thomas Agnew, published by Rudolph Ackermann Jr, published by Anaglyphic Company, after Charles Allen Duval
mixed-method engraving, 8 May 1844 (1843)
NPG D34465


John Bright; Thomas Milner Gibson; Richard Cobden

by Honoré Daumier
lithograph, published 25 February 1856
NPG D9862


The House of Commons, 1860

by Thomas Oldham Barlow, after John Phillip
mezzotint, 1863 or after
NPG D1396


Thomas Milner-Gibson

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax38684


Thomas Milner-Gibson

by William Walker
albumen print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15869

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