7 of 8 portraits of Thomas Ashton
by James Thomson (Thompson), after William Bradley
mezzotint and stipple engraving, published 1847
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Current affairsThe 10 Hours Factory Act passed, regulating working hours for women and children under the age of eighteen to effectively a maximum of ten hours a day.
The Communist League is founded in London, attended by Friedrich Engels. The League draws up a set of rules and aims, including overthrowing the bourgeoisie and empowering the Proleteriat, and ending class division, forming the basis of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto (1848).