Sir (Cyril) Arthur Pearson, 1st Bt(1866-1921), Newspaper proprietor and philanthropist; President of National Institute for the Blind
Sitter in 4 portraits
Born in Wookey, Somerset, he attended Winchester College in Hampshire. His first job was as a journalist working for George Newnes on Tit-Bits magazine. In 1890, Pearson formed his own publishing business creating the periodical journal Pearson's Weekly, the first issue selling a quarter of a million copies. Purchasing the Morning Herald he merged it into his new creation the Daily Express. An active philanthropist, he established Pearson's Holiday Fund to enable disadvantaged children to partake in outdoor activities. He lost his sight due to glaucoma and later wrote a book Victory over blindness: how it was won by the men of St Dunstan's. He also founded the Greater London Fund for the Blind in 1921.
by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 17 November 1904