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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Cobbett (1763-1835), Journalist, agriculturalist and politician; MP for Oldham

Writer, politician and agriculturist.

'He has a good sensible face, rather full, with little grey eyes, a hard square forehead, a ruddy complexion, with hair grey or powdered; and had on a scarlet broadcloth waistcoat with the flaps of the pockets hanging down …' (Hazlitt, Table Talk).

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Carlyle 1904
E. I. Carlyle, William Cobbett, 1904 containing appendices on his portraits and the revised date of his birth.

Melville 1913
Lewis Melville, Life and Letters of William Cobbett, 2 vols., 1913.

Spater 1982
George Spater, William Cobbett: the Poor Man's Friend, 2 vols., 1982.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.