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Sir Robert Peel, 1st Bt

(1750-1830), Politician; father of the Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel

Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Father of the Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, a politician, industrialist and an early textile manufacturer of the industrial revolution. His father owned a calico-printing firm, Haworth, Peel & Yates in Blackburn. Peel joined the firm and was running it by the age of twenty-three. He established a cotton factory in Tamworth in Staffordshire, and imported workhouse children from London to work there. By the 1790s Peel was one of the country's leading industrialists, employing over 15,000 workers. Peel entered Parliament in 1790 as a Tory MP. He was responsible for the 1802 Health and Morals of Apprentices Act that limited the hours of pauper children, apprenticed in cotton mills, to twelve hours a day.

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Sir Robert Peel, 1st Bt, by James Hopwood Sr, published by  I.W.H. Payne - NPG D5482

Sir Robert Peel, 1st Bt

by James Hopwood Sr, published by I.W.H. Payne
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1815
NPG D5482

'A Complete Turn-Out among the Cabinet-Makers', probably by Henry Heath, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D48686

'A Complete Turn-Out among the Cabinet-Makers'

probably by Henry Heath, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published April 1827
NPG D48686

Sir Robert Peel, 1st Bt, by John Henry Robinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D5481

Sir Robert Peel, 1st Bt

by John Henry Robinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple and line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D5481

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