John Bright; Thomas Milner Gibson; Richard Cobden, by Honoré Daumier, published 25 February 1856 - NPG D9862 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Bright; Thomas Milner Gibson; Richard Cobden

by Honoré Daumier
lithograph, published 25 February 1856
10 3/8 in. x 14 1/4 in. (262 mm x 362 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1978
NPG D9862

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Bob Gamble

21 March 2017, 09:30

In 1856 Bright and Gibson were Radical MP's for Manchester. Bright founded the Anti-Corn Law League with Cobden. The three were vehemently against the Crimean War and became known as the Manchester Peace Party. Their opposition to the Crimean War saw them pilloried by the press. Daumier's cartoon depicts them holding olive branches and marching in celebration of the approaching end of the Crimean War. All three men were defeated in the General Election of March 1857, which became a plebiscite on Palmerston's aggressive foreign policy.

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