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Robert Raikes

(1735-1811), Journalist and promoter of Sunday Schools

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 6 portraits
A philanthropist and businessman, Raikes campaigned for prison reform and devoted himself to establishing Sunday Schools. In 1780, he founded the first formal, free Sunday School in Gloucester. As editor and owner of the Gloucester Journal he was able to use his own newspaper to promote the idea that Sunday Schools could prevent juvenile delinquency, religious ignorance and unemployment by teaching children to read and write.

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Robert Raikes, by George Romney - NPG 1551

Robert Raikes

by George Romney
oil on canvas, 1785-1788
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1551

Robert Raikes, by Unknown artist - NPG D39181

Robert Raikes

by Unknown artist
lithograph, circa 1780s
NPG D39181

Robert Raikes, by William Bromley, published by  John Sewell, after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D5575

Robert Raikes

by William Bromley, published by John Sewell, after Samuel Drummond
line engraving, published 1 December 1788
NPG D5575

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Robert Raikes

by William Bromley, after Samuel Drummond
line engraving, published 1788
NPG D5576

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Robert Raikes

by William Bromley, published by John Sewell, after Samuel Drummond
line engraving, published 1 December 1788
NPG D15079

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