The Right Hon. W.H. Smith. M.P.
London: Published April 25th. 1883, by P & D. Colnaghi & Co. 13 & 14 Pall Mall East.
Mezzotint. Plate 503 x 380mm. 19¾ x 15". Trimmed just outside the platemark.
William Henry Smith (1825-1891) was an English bookseller and newsagent of the family firm W H Smith. He implemented the sale of books and newspapers at railway stations. Elected MP for Westminster in 1868 he progressed his political career and eventually rose to the position of First Lord of the Admirality. He also stood twice as Secretary of State for War, and later First Lord of the Treasury and Leader of the House of Commons, amongst many other posts.
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