[In pencil underneath image:] Mr Joseph Cowen the radical candidate for Newcastle on Tyne elected M.P January 1874 a good likeness.
Lithograph. 495 x 305mm. 19½ x 12". Creasing. Horizontal fold through the centre. Tears at edges of the fold and along lower edge. Light foxing.
Joseph Cowen (1829-1900) holding a wind-up organ. He was an English politician and journalist. At Edinburgh University he interested himself in European revolutionary movements. He joined his father in his Blaydon brick business, smuggling documents abroad in the consignments of bricks, a trade which earned more than expected. In 1874 he was elected Member of Parliament and held the Newcastle-upon-Tyne seat as a Liberal. He was at that time a strong Radical on domestic matters, and a sympathizer with Irish Nationalism. He was highly respected by the nation and the House of Commons, and as an Imperialist and Colonial Federationist he supported Disraeli's foreign policy. He eventually retired and devoted his time to his newspaper, the Newcastle Daily Chronicle. See Ref: 17960
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