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Samuel Morley

(1809-1886), Businessman, politician and philanthropist

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 15 portraits
Samuel Morley was the youngest son of a hosiery manufacturer. He joined the family firm at the age of sixteen and by 1860 his father and brother had retired, leaving him in sole charge of the business. The firm had initially employed knitters in their homes in Nottingham, but under Morley the business grew rapidly, with huge mills in several cities employing thousands of staff. In 1865 was elected to Parliament as an MP. He was a strong Liberal and a whole-hearted supporter of Gladstone. Morley was also a deeply religious man. He had links with non-conformist churches and was keenly interested in the temperance movement. He was an active philanthropist, and his charitable activities were widespread.

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Samuel Morley, by Adriano Cecioni - NPG 5786

Samuel Morley

by Adriano Cecioni
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 15 June 1872
NPG 5786

Samuel Morley, by James Havard Thomas - NPG 1303

Samuel Morley

by James Havard Thomas
plaster cast of statuette, circa 1885
NPG 1303

Samuel Morley, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax18386

Samuel Morley

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax18386

Samuel Morley, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x21411

Samuel Morley

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x21411

Samuel Morley, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax8569

Samuel Morley

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax8569

Samuel Morley, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x4969

Samuel Morley

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1870s-mid 1880s
NPG x4969

Samuel Morley, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x4970

Samuel Morley

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1870s-mid 1880s
NPG x4970

Samuel Morley, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x76207

Samuel Morley

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1870s-mid 1880s
NPG x76207

Samuel Morley, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax18385

Samuel Morley

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1873
NPG Ax18385

Samuel Morley, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28466

Samuel Morley

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1873 or before
NPG Ax28466

Samuel Morley, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG Ax17674

Samuel Morley

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1882
NPG Ax17674

Samuel Morley, by Frederick Gutekunst - NPG x4971

Samuel Morley

by Frederick Gutekunst
albumen cabinet card, mid 1880s
NPG x4971

Various actresses, politicians, philanthropists and others, by and after Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax139922

Various actresses, politicians, philanthropists and others

by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax139922

Samuel Morley ('Statesmen, No. 115.'), by Adriano Cecioni - NPG D43540

Samuel Morley ('Statesmen, No. 115.')

by Adriano Cecioni
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 15 June 1872
NPG D43540

Samuel Morley ('Bristol. Radical Philanthropy'), published by Frederick Arnold, after  Unknown artist - NPG D48283

Samuel Morley ('Bristol. Radical Philanthropy')

published by Frederick Arnold, after Unknown artist
lithograph, published in the Hornet 10 April 1872
NPG D48283

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