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William Cobbett

2 of 54 portraits of William Cobbett

William Cobbett, by John Raphael Smith, engraved 1812 - NPG 6870 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Cobbett

by John Raphael Smith
chalk, engraved 1812
25 in. x 18 in. (635 mm x 457 mm)
Purchased, 2009
Primary Collection
NPG 6870


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  • William Cobbett (1763-1835), Journalist, agriculturalist and politician; MP for Oldham. Sitter associated with 54 portraits.

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  • John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), Portrait painter, engraver and pastellist. Artist associated with 183 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This drawing is believed to have been produced while Cobbett was in Newgate prison. It shows him in a study surrounded by books, including works by Horne Tooke and Thomas Paine, with a copy of the Political Register on a side table. A portrait of John Hampden, a sevententh-century advocate of Parliamentary democracy, hangs on a wall behind him.