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John Bright

(1811-1889), Statesman and orator

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 94 portraits
One of the most important and influential political figures of the age. Bright managed his family's cotton mills before entering public life in the 1830s. A radical orator and Liberal politician, he led the agitation for the repeal of the Corn Laws with Richard Cobden and was instrumental in the Cobden-Chevalier Treaty (1860). He sat in the House of Commons from 1843-89, promoting free trade, electoral reform and religious freedom, and was one of the most important and influential political figures of the age. A close friend of Rupert Potter, Beatrix Potter often recalled her father and Bright's conversations in her journals and he visited the Potters during their Scottish holidays.

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