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Henry Fawcett

(1833-1884), Politician, political economist and academic

Sitter in 24 portraits
In 1858 Fawcett was blinded in a shooting accident, leading him to abandon his legal practice and pursue a political career. He wrote the Manual of Political Economy (1863), and later that year was appointed Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University. In 1865, he was the first blind man ever to be elected to parliament. A Liberal, he was known as an independent backbencher, criticising Gladstone's administration as being insufficiently radical. Fawcett advanced the cause of blind people by advocating a royal commission on the blind, which was established shortly after his death. He was also active in the passing of the 1867 Reform Bill, and was particularly concerned with the position of women in employment.

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Henry Fawcett, by Joseph Brown, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D2333

Henry Fawcett

by Joseph Brown, after Unknown photographer
stipple engraving, 1855
NPG D2333

Henry Fawcett ('Statesmen, No. 132.'), by Melchiorre Delfico - NPG D43567

Henry Fawcett ('Statesmen, No. 132.')

by Melchiorre Delfico
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 21 December 1872
NPG D43567

'The Political Ishmael' (Henry Fawcett; William Ewart Gladstone), published by Frederick Arnold, after  Unknown artist - NPG D48287

'The Political Ishmael' (Henry Fawcett; William Ewart Gladstone)

published by Frederick Arnold, after Unknown artist
lithograph, published in the Hornet 8 May 1872
NPG D48287

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Henry Fawcett

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG x17106

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