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John Frost (1784-1877), Chartist

Sitter in 4 portraits
Welsh draper and ex-mayor who commanded the most serious outburst of Chartist revolt. On 4 November 1839, he led a 3000-man attack on the Westgate Hotel, Newport, where Chartist prisoners were being held. His broader intention was to provoke insurrection throughout the country. The revolution never came and the rebellion was quickly quelled, leaving 20 dead. Frost narrowly avoided execution and was transported to Tasmania.

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John Frost

by William Read, after Unknown artist
stipple and line engraving, 1839
NPG D21603


"Jack Frost" in Downing Street

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 12 March 1839
NPG D41514


John Frost

by W. Clerk, published by F. Glover
lithograph, 1840
NPG D40454


John Frost

by W. Clerk, published by F. Glover
lithograph, 1840
NPG D42204



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