William Cobbett

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William Cobbett, possibly by George Cooke, circa 1831 - NPG 1549 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Cobbett

possibly by George Cooke
oil on canvas, circa 1831
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Purchased, 1909
Primary Collection
NPG 1549


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Sitterback to top

  • William Cobbett (1763-1835), Journalist, agriculturalist and politician; MP for Oldham. Sitter associated with 55 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • George Cooke (1781-1834), Engraver. Artist associated with 12 portraits.

This portraitback to top

This portrait is said to show Cobbett in the clothes he wore when tried for sedition in 1831. Considered a popular hero after his acquittal, Cobbett was elected to the reformed House of Commons, for the newly created borough of Oldham, in 1832.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Audio Guide
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 131
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 115
  • Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 51

Events of 1831back to top

Current affairs

Parliamentary Reform Bill is rejected by the House of Lords prompting riots in Nottingham, Derby and Bristol.

Art and science

Michael Faraday demonstrates electromagnetic induction. Death of Lady Sarah Ponsonby, last of the famous Ladies of Llangollen who attracted many of the leading names in art and literature to visit them at their home in Plas Newydd, Wales. Opening of New London Bridge, designed by John Rennie.

International

Violinist Niccolo Paganini arrives in England from Italy and embarks on a six month tour of the country after astonishing London audiences with his virtuoso performances. Revolutionary outbreaks in Modena, Parma and the Papal States influenced by the July Revolution in France the previous year.

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