Published Nov.r 5th 1794 at No. 8 Charles Street near Middlesex Hospital, London.
Proof before title. Platemark: 310 x 230mm. (12¼ x 9"). Small tears along right and bottom edges.
Portrait of Thomas Walker (1749 - 1817), almost half-length directed to left, glancing towards the viewer, wearing a plain coat buttoned up with a white waistcoat and cravat, with curly hair brushed forwards over the ear. Walker was a cotton merchant as well as a political reformer, and also a leader of an anti-slavery group. He was also a member of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society founded in 1781 to promote improvements in local health and sanitary issues. Walker helped found the Manchester Constitutional Society which advocated parliamentary reform and equality for dissenters. This was not seen favourably by the supporters of 'church and king' and he was accused of conspiring to overthrow the king, constitution and government. A trial was held at the Lancaster Assizes in June 1794 but Walker was acquitted because the key witness, Thomas Dunn, was shown to have lied under oath. After George Romney (Male; 1734 - 1802); scratched-letter state before title and border.
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