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Robert Raikes

2 of 33 portraits on display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery

Robert Raikes, by George Romney, 1785-1788 - NPG 1551 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert Raikes

by George Romney
oil on canvas, 1785-1788
48 3/4 in. x 38 3/4 in. (1238 mm x 984 mm)
Purchased, 1909
Primary Collection
NPG 1551


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  • Robert Raikes (1735-1811), Journalist and promoter of Sunday Schools. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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  • George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 156 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.

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Raikes's ideas gained widespread support, especially from evangelical writers such as Sarah Trimmer and Hannah More who encouraged the foundation of schools in rural and industrial communities. By 1831 more than one and a half million children were registered in Sunday Schools.

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