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Richard Oastler

(1789-1861), Reformer

Sitter in 3 portraits
'The factory king', Oastler was a Tory radical who turned factory reform into a compelling national issue. His paternalistic view of society meant that he abhorred the idea of universal suffrage. However, he was a hero without parallel within northern radicalism and his inclusion symbolically incorporated him into the Chartist movement.

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Richard Oastler, by William Barnard, published by  Joseph Jackson, after  Thomas Henry Illidge - NPG D39343

Richard Oastler

by William Barnard, published by Joseph Jackson, after Thomas Henry Illidge
mezzotint, published 24 March 1834
NPG D39343

Richard Oastler, by James Posselwhite, after  Benjamin Garside - NPG D39349

Richard Oastler

by James Posselwhite, after Benjamin Garside
stipple and line engraving, 1841
NPG D39349

Richard Oastler, by James Posselwhite, after  Benjamin Garside - NPG D7845

Richard Oastler

by James Posselwhite, after Benjamin Garside
stipple and line engraving, 1841
NPG D7845

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