8 of 8 portraits of Thomas Ashton
by James Thomson (Thompson), after William Bradley
mezzotint and stipple engraving, published 1847
Given by Messrs Thomas Agnew, 1932
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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).