[Henry Peter Brougham.]
Mezzotint. False proof before all letters, but later. Plate 457 x 361mm. 18 x 14¼". Paper toning. Small tears into the edges. Crease and tear lower left-hand corner.
Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868) was a radical Whig lawyer and MP, who tirelessly campagined for the advancement of education and reform. He entered parliament in 1810 as a Whig and immediately promoted legislation against slave trading. He won popular renown as chief attorney to Queen Caroline. He was a prominent member and one of the founders of the Society of the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in 1825, of University College London in 1828 and the London Mechanics Institutes in 1824. As Lord Chancellor one of the most important highlights was the passing of the 1832 Reform Act, and the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. This is alluded to in the portrait, where Brougham's right hand rests on the Lord Chancellor's box and bill for the suppression of the slave trade.
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