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William Henry Smith

(1825-1891), Newsagent and politician, First Lord of the Treasury and Leader of the House of Commons

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 25 portraits
At the age of twenty-one he became a partner in his father's newsagent business. Although his father wished to confine the business to an agency selling newspapers, Smith rented a bookstall at Euston Station in 1848. He developed a network of railway bookstalls widely, and by 1862 had secured exclusive bookstall rights on all the important English railway systems. Though he had entered the business reluctantly, he became one of the best-known Victorian capitalists, whose name in the mid-nineteenth century was a byword for mass distribution. In 1868, he was elected as a Conservative MP and was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury six years later. In 1877, he became First Lord of the Admiralty.

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William Henry Smith, by Frederick Winter - NPG 1742

William Henry Smith

by Frederick Winter
plaster cast of bust, 1891
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1742

William Henry Smith, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3607

William Henry Smith

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, before 1892
NPG 3607

William Henry Smith, by Lombardi & Co - NPG Ax8600

William Henry Smith

by Lombardi & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax8600

William Henry Smith, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax18363

William Henry Smith

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1873
NPG Ax18363

William Henry Smith, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28464

William Henry Smith

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1873
NPG Ax28464

William Henry Smith, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x197163

William Henry Smith

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1877-1880
NPG x197163

William Henry Smith, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG Ax17651

William Henry Smith

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1881
NPG Ax17651

William Henry Smith, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax27783

William Henry Smith

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
woodburytype, published 1881
NPG Ax27783

William Henry Smith, possibly by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x22645

William Henry Smith

possibly by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
woodburytype, 1881?
NPG x22645

William Henry Smith, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x197164

William Henry Smith

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1881?
NPG x197164

William Henry Smith, by Fradelle & Young - NPG x47323

William Henry Smith

by Fradelle & Young
albumen cabinet card, late 1880s-early 1890s
NPG x47323

William Henry Smith, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax5439

William Henry Smith

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG Ax5439

William Henry Smith, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG x22644

William Henry Smith

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG x22644

William Henry Smith, by York & Son, after  Unknown photographer - NPG x3664

William Henry Smith

by York & Son, after Unknown photographer
glass lantern slide, 1890s
NPG x3664

Various politicians and others, by and after Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax139904

Various politicians and others

by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax139904

William Henry Smith ('The Head of the Race of Smith'), published by Frederick Arnold, after  Unknown artist - NPG D48243

William Henry Smith ('The Head of the Race of Smith')

published by Frederick Arnold, after Unknown artist
lithograph, published in the Hornet 5 July 1871
NPG D48243

William Henry Smith, by Charles Holl, printed by  McQueen (Macqueen), after  George Richmond - NPG D20708

William Henry Smith

by Charles Holl, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), after George Richmond
stipple engraving, (1877)
NPG D20708

William Henry Smith, by 'Pet', printed by  Stevens & Co - NPG D8493

William Henry Smith

by 'Pet', printed by Stevens & Co
chromolithograph, published 1877?
NPG D8493

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