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Anti-Corn Law League


31 People in sitter grouping:

The Anti-Corn Law League was established in response to the British Corn laws, first imposed in 1804, which raised the price of importing bread and grain, favouring the rich landlords, and landed gentry. Initially, in 1838, there were many local branches, whose members were drawn from the industrial middle classes, but in March 1839, Richard Cobden unified these to become the Anti-Corn Law League. After several periods of economic depression and the Irish potato famine, the matter was brought to a head, and in 1846, Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel was forced to pass a new Corn Law setting a new low duty rate on the import of oats, wheat and barley. With abolition achieved, the league dissolved.

Walter Bagehot

Walter Bagehot

1826-1877
Economist and journalist
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Bright

John Bright

1811-1889
Statesman and orator
Sitter associated with 95 portraits
Richard Cobden

Richard Cobden

1804-1865
Politician; MP for several constituencies, manufacturer and free trade campaigner
Sitter in 50 portraits
Samuel Courtauld

Samuel Courtauld

1876-1947
Industrialist and patron of the arts
Sitter in 3 portraits
John Passmore Edwards

John Passmore Edwards

1823-1911
Newspaper editor and philanthropist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Joseph Hume

Joseph Hume

1777-1855
Doctor and politician; MP for Aberdeen Burghs, Middlesex and Montrose Burghs
Sitter associated with 75 portraits
Henry Hunt

Henry Hunt

1773-1835
Radical politician and demagogue; MP for Preston
Sitter in 17 portraits
Daniel O'Connell

Daniel O'Connell

1775-1847
Irish politician; MP for Dublin City and Cork County
Sitter associated with 229 portraits
Joseph Sturge

Joseph Sturge

1793-1859
Quaker and philanthropist
Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Henry Ashworth

Henry Ashworth

1794-1880
Founder of Anti-Corn Law League; friend of Cobden
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Edward Baines

Sir Edward Baines

1800-1890
Journalist, educationist and politician; MP for Leeds
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Thomas Bazley, 1st Bt

Sir Thomas Bazley, 1st Bt

1797-1885
Cotton manufacturer and Liberal politician; MP for Manchester
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir John Bowring

Sir John Bowring

1792-1872
Political economist, traveller and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong
Sitter in 18 portraits
Sir William Brown, 1st Bt

Sir William Brown, 1st Bt

1784-1864
Merchant and politician
Sitter in 1 portrait
James Silk Buckingham

James Silk Buckingham

1786-1855
Writer and traveller
Sitter in 4 portraits
Ebenezer Elliott

Ebenezer Elliott

1781-1849
Called the 'Corn Law Rhymer', poet and bar-iron merchant
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Johnson Fox

William Johnson Fox

1786-1864
Religious and political orator, journalist and Liberal politician; MP for Oldham
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Milner Gibson

Thomas Milner Gibson

1806-1884
Politician; President of the Board of Trade
Sitter in 13 portraits
Francis Place

Francis Place

1771-1854
Political and social reformer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Bayley Potter

Thomas Bayley Potter

1817-1898
Politician; MP for Rochdale
Sitter in 3 portraits