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Joseph Rayner Stephens

(1805-1879), Social reformer

Sitter in 3 portraits
Stephens was a prominent radical hero and a stakeholder in the Northern Star, although he refused to be called a Chartist. He resigned as a Methodist preacher and became the most inflammatory critic of the 1834 Poor Law Act.

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Joseph Rayner Stephens, by William Read, after  Benjamin Garside - NPG D20843

Joseph Rayner Stephens

by William Read, after Benjamin Garside
stipple engraving, 1830s-1840s
NPG D20843

Joseph Rayner Stephens, by James Posselwhite, after  Benjamin Garside - NPG D21606

Joseph Rayner Stephens

by James Posselwhite, after Benjamin Garside
stipple and line engraving, 1839
NPG D21606

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