Robert Owen(1771-1858), Pioneer of practical socialism
Sitter in 8 portraits
A pioneer of practical socialism, he was first manager and then proprietor of the New Lanark mills near Glasgow. He built up the business and spent the remainder of his long life putting into effect his ideas on improved working conditions, housing and education, and promoting Utopian ventures. Owen believed that man's character was formed by his environment, as proposed in his New View of Society, 1813.
Watch our playlist exploring scientific techniques used by the Gallery to unlock the secrets behind our Tudor portraits.
Subjects and themes
Search the collection by themes - from pets to weddings!
Black History Month
Take a tour exploring our Collection created by Alayo Akinkugbe for Black History Month in 2020.
A Picture of Health
Learn about pioneers in medicine, health and social reform from 1840 to 1920.