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John Bright

(1811-1889), Statesman and orator

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 95 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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Gladstone's Cabinet of 1868, by Lowes Cato Dickinson - NPG 5116

Gladstone's Cabinet of 1868

by Lowes Cato Dickinson
oil on canvas, 1869-1874
NPG 5116

John Bright, by Rupert Potter - NPG P862

John Bright

by Rupert Potter
carbon print, September 1879
NPG P862

John Bright, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 868

John Bright

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1881
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 868

The Lobby of the House of Commons, 1886, by Liborio Prosperi ('Lib') - NPG 5256

The Lobby of the House of Commons, 1886

by Liborio Prosperi ('Lib')
oil on canvas, published in Vanity Fair Christmas Supplement 1886
NPG 5256

John Bright, by Harry Furniss - NPG 6251(8)

John Bright

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink
NPG 6251(8)

John Bright, by Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax7335

John Bright

by Joseph Whitlock
albumen print, circa mid 1850s
NPG Ax7335

John Bright, by Maujean - NPG x46994

John Bright

by Maujean
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x46994

John Bright, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax8538

John Bright

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax8538

John Bright; Richard Cobden, by Maujean - NPG x134612

John Bright; Richard Cobden

by Maujean
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1860
NPG x134612

John Bright, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x4316

John Bright

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1861
NPG x4316

John Bright, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x4317

John Bright

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1861
NPG x4317

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