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Portrait of the Day

Past event archive
4 October 2019, 12:30

Room 20


  • Talks and Lectures

Sir Samuel Romilly
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
circa 1806-1810
NPG 1171

A leading Whig law reformer, Romilly had an unrivalled knowledge of the criminal law of Britain and the Continent. In 1789 he travelled to Paris where his enthusiasm for the French Revolution inspired his Letters Containing an Account of the Late Revolution in France (1792). Along with Sir Francis Burdett, he was one of a small group of progressive Whigs whole-heartedly in support of Parliamentary reform. He campaigned against the death penalty for trivial offences and supported Catholic emancipation and the abolition of slavery.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.