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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), Philanthropist, social reformer and Conservative politician; MP for Woodstock, Dorchester, Dorset and Bath

Philanthropist and reformer; MP from 1826; throughout a long life, fought strenuously for factory, housing, educational, sanitary and lunacy reform; more than any other single individual highlighted the sufferings of the poor and under-privileged, and helped to implement the concept of social welfare.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, 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.