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David Ricardo

(1772-1823), Political economist

Sitter in 3 portraits
A political economist, Ricardo was influenced by Adam Smith's theories on the development of capitalist economies. In his On the Principles of Economy and Taxation, 1817, Ricardo discussed several ideas which became fundamental laws of economics. One such law related to anti-protectionism which led to the formulation of later free-trade policies and the Repeal of the Corn Laws. Noted for his independent thought, Ricardo was estranged from his family who were prominent members of the Jewish community in London after he married a Quaker in 1793. He subsequently became a Member of Parliament for Portarlington in Ireland.

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David Ricardo, by Thomas Phillips - NPG L241

David Ricardo

by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, circa 1821
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L241

David Ricardo, by William Holl Jr, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D5807

David Ricardo

by William Holl Jr, after Thomas Phillips
stipple engraving, published 1839
NPG D5807

David Ricardo, by William Holl Jr, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D5808

David Ricardo

by William Holl Jr, after Thomas Phillips
stipple engraving, published 1839
NPG D5808

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