Richard Cobden

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Richard Cobden, replica by Giuseppe Fagnani, 1865 (1860-1861) - NPG 201 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Cobden

replica by Giuseppe Fagnani
oil on canvas, 1865 (1860-1861)
40 1/4 in. x 31 3/4 in. (1022 mm x 806 mm)
Purchased, 1865
Primary Collection
NPG 201

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  • Richard Cobden (1804-1865), Politician; MP for several constituencies, manufacturer and free trade campaigner. Sitter in 47 portraits.

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Richard Cobden, the radical statesman and advocate of free trade, worked as a clerk and commercial traveller before establishing a successful calico printing business in 1828. He helped found Anti-Corn Law League in 1838, campaigned tirelessly for the repeal of the Corn Laws, and was closely associated with John Bright in his free trade principles and in his unpopular opposition to the Crimean War. The original version of the portrait was painted in Paris where Cobden was engaged in successfully negotiating a commercial treaty with France. The treaty was signed by Barouche and Rouher for the French and by Lord Cowley and Cobden for the English; the signatures of the last three can be seen in the portrait.

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