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William Cobbett

3 of 54 portraits of William Cobbett

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

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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 54 portraits.

Artistback to top

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

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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