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Thomas Hare

(1806-1891), Political reformer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Trained in the law, Hare was called to the Bar in 1833. In 1853, he became Inspector of Charities and in 1872 he was made Assistant Commissioner on the Royal City Charities Commission. Hare is best remembered for his efforts to devise a system of proportional representation of all classes in the United Kingdom. He was concerned that the political system failed to address social issues of the day and he thought that the answer was a more representative parliament, to be achieved through a change to the voting system. His Machinery of Representation appeared in 1857 and many editions of his Treatise on the Election of Representatives: Parliamentary and Municipalappeared between 1859 and 1873.

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Thomas Hare, by Lowes Cato Dickinson - NPG 1819

Thomas Hare

by Lowes Cato Dickinson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1867
NPG 1819

Thomas Hare, by Alice Westlake (née Hare) - NPG 1820

Thomas Hare

by Alice Westlake (née Hare)
pencil, circa 1885
NPG 1820

Thomas Hare, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax62758

Thomas Hare

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 27 April 1863
NPG Ax62758

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Thomas Hare

by Byrne & Co
albumen print
NPG x76907

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