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Alessandro Gavazzi

(1809-1889), Preacher and patriot

Sitter in 4 portraits
Italian-born Alessandro Gavazzi initially became a monk, and acted as Professor of Rhetoric for the Barnabites at Naples. He left Italy after the capture of Rome by the French, and conducted a vigorous campaign against priests and Jesuits in England, Scotland and North America, partly by means of a periodical, the Gavazzi Free Word. While in England he was gradually converted to the Evangelical church, and became head and organiser of the Italian Protestants in London. Returning to Italy in 1860, he served as army chaplain with Giuseppe Garibaldi. In 1875 he founded the theological college of the Free Church in Rome, in which he taught dogmatics, apologetics and polemics.

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Alessandro Gavazzi, by Herbert Watkins - NPG P301(13)

Alessandro Gavazzi

by Herbert Watkins
albumen print, arched top, late 1850s
NPG P301(13)

Alessandro Gavazzi, by Herbert Watkins - NPG P301(14)

Alessandro Gavazzi

by Herbert Watkins
albumen print, late 1850s
NPG P301(14)

Alessandro Gavazzi, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x19954

Alessandro Gavazzi

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x19954

Alessandro Gavazzi, by Horatio Nelson King - NPG Ax46270

Alessandro Gavazzi

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax46270

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